Historical, Demographic, Economic, and Social Data: The United States, 1790-1970 (ICPSR 3)

Published: Dec 22, 2005

Principal Investigator(s):
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research



Version V1

Detailed county and state-level ecological or descriptive data for the United States for the years 1790 to 1970 are contained in this collection. These data files contain extensive information about the social and political character of the United States, including a breakdown of population by state, race, nationality, number of families, size of the family, births, deaths, marriages, occupation, religion, and general economic conditions. Though not complete over the full time span of this study, statistics are available on such diverse subjects as total numbers of newspapers and periodicals, total capital invested in manufacturing, total numbers of educational institutions, total number of churches, taxation by state, and land surface area in square miles.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. Historical, Demographic, Economic, and Social Data:  The United States, 1790-1970. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-12-22. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00003.v1

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National Science Foundation. Research Applied to National Needs (GS-1435, GS-1435A1, GS-1231, GS-2473, and APR75-01320)

1790 -- 1970

(1) This study has been updated and revised as HISTORICAL, DEMOGRAPHIC, ECONOMIC, AND SOCIAL DATA: THE UNITED STATES, 1790-2000 (ICPSR 2896). ICPSR staff recommends that, for most purposes, researchers use the updated version istead of ICPSR 0003

The Population of the United States from 1790-1970

(1) United States Bureau of the Census decennial census reports, and (2) SURVEY OF CHURCHES AND CHURCH MEMBERSHIP, 1952

aggregate data



2005-12-22 All files were removed from dataset 35 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.


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