Population Redistribution and Economic Growth in the United States: Population Data, 1870-1960 (ICPSR 7753)

Published: Aug 31, 2011

Principal Investigator(s):
Simon Kuznets; Dorothy Swaine Thomas


Version V2

Detailed demographic characteristics of the population of the United States from 1870 to 1960 are contained in this data collection. Included are state-level estimates of the nation's inhabitants by sex, race, nativity and age, as well as intercensal migration calculated by age, race, and sex. The basic information recorded in this collection was obtained from the decennial censuses of the United States or estimated by the principal investigators from material collected by the decennial censuses. The collection is comprised of thirteen separate data files. Each contains information for every state in the nation. All parts have a rectangular file structure with one record per case, with the number of cases ranging from 50 to 2,891, and the record length from 203 to 2,930 per part. Standard geographic identifying codes used in all of the files permit the combination of two or more of the files as research interests dictate.

Kuznets, Simon, and Thomas, Dorothy Swaine. Population Redistribution and Economic Growth in the United States:  Population Data, 1870-1960. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-08-31. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07753.v2

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1870 -- 1960

This collection was made available to ICPSR through the Population Studies Center of the University of Pennsylvania.



2011-08-31 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 14 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

1984-06-28 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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


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

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