Census of Governments, 1992: Finance Statistics (ICPSR 4420)

Published: Feb 21, 2014

Principal Investigator(s):
United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census



Version V2

The United States Census Bureau conducts a Census of Governments every five years, in years ending in "2" or "7," to collect information about governments in the United States. The Finance Statistics branch of the 1992 Census of Governments describes the revenues, expenditures, debt, and assets of state and local governments. This data collection includes sixteen datasets, including individual unit data, county area data, and summaries by type-of-government (including several state summaries by individual types of governments). This data was collected for the individual government fiscal years that ended between July 1, 1991 and June 30, 1992.

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Census of Governments, 1992: Finance Statistics. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-02-21. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04420.v2

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1991-07-01 -- 1992-06-30

1991-07-01 -- 1992-06-30

For additional information on the Census of Government, 1992: Finance, please refer to the Census Web Site.

The purpose of the Finance Statistics branch of the Census of Governments is to provide comprehensive statistical information about state and local government economic activity.


State and local governments in the United States

state governments

local governments

The data collection phase for the annual survey made use of two methods to obtain data: mail canvass and central collection from State sources. In 35 states, all or part of the data for local governments was obtained from cooperative arrangements between the Census Bureau and a state government agency. These usually involved a data collection effort carried out to meet the needs of both agencies -- the state agency for purposes of audit, oversight, or information, and the Census Bureau for statistical purposes.

census/enumeration data



2014-02-21 SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, a tab-delimited data file, and an R data file have been added to the collection. Additionally, a codebook has been created.

2008-01-14 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

Part 2 (Individual Unit Government Integrated Directory File) and Part 3 (Final Restructured Individual Unit File with Added Identifiers) contain two weight variables, WEIGHT, and RECPWT1, that users may wish to use in analysis.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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