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Urban Growth in America: Philadelphia, 1774-1930 (ICPSR 56)

Principal Investigator(s): Warner, Sam Bass


This study contains aggregate economic, political, and social data for the city of Philadelphia in the period 1774-1930. Data are provided for occupational categories in 1774 and 1860 (Parts 1 and 3), the place of birth of the city inhabitants in 1860 (File 2), and for workers aged 10 and over in 1930, tabulated by ward and industry group (Part 4).

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DS1:  1774 Occupation - Download All Files (0.018 MB)
DS2:  1860 Nativity - Download All Files (0.007 MB)
DS3:  1860 Occupation Summary - Download All Files (0.041 MB)
DS4:  1930 Gainful Workers - Download All Files (0.018 MB)

Study Description


Warner, Sam Bass. Urban Growth in America: Philadelphia, 1774-1930. ICPSR00056-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-02-20. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00056.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00056.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cities, economic conditions, historical data, immigration, industry, occupations, politics, population dynamics, population migration, urban areas, urban population, urbanization

Geographic Coverage:    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1774--1930

Universe:    The city of Philadelphia in the period 1774-1930.

Data Type(s):    census/enumeration data, and aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

Users should consult Sam Bass Warner, Jr., THE PRIVATE CITY: PHILADELPHIA IN THREE PERIODS OF ITS GROWTH, for additional information about the data.


Data Source:

Philadelphia city directories and tax lists, and census returns for the years 1770-1780, 1830-1860, and 1920-1930


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-10

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