Census of Population and Housing, 1980 [United States]: Summary Tape File 3D (ICPSR 8157)

Published: Feb 15, 2008

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



Version V1

This data collection is a component of Summary Tape File (STF) 3, which consists of four sets of computer-readable data file containing detailed tabulations of the nation's population and housing characteristics produced from the 1980 Census. The STF 3 files contain sample data inflated to represent the total United States population. The files also contain 100-percent counts and unweighted sample counts of persons and housing units. All files in the STF 3 series are identical, containing 321 substantive data variables organized in the form of 150 "tables," as well as standard geographic identification variables. Population items tabulated for each person include demographic data and information on schooling, ethnicity, labor force status, and number of children, as well as details on occupation and income. Housing items include size and condition of the housing unit as well as information on value, age, water, sewage and heating, vehicles, and monthly owner costs. Each dataset provides different geographic coverage. STF 3D provides summaries for state or state equivalent, congressional district (as constituted for the 98th Congress), county or county equivalent, places of 10,000 or more people, and minor civil division/census county division. There are 51 separate files, one for each state and the District of Columbia. The Census Bureau's machine-readable data dictionary for STF 3 is also available through CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING, 1980 [UNITED STATES]: CENSUS SOFTWARE PACKAGE (CENSPAC) VERSION 3.2 WITH STF4 DATA DICTIONARIES (ICPSR 7789), the software package designed specifically by the Census Bureau for use with the 1980 Census data files.

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Census of Population and Housing, 1980 [United States]: Summary Tape File 3D. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-02-15. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08157.v1

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Two sampling rates were employed. In incorporated places of less than 2,500 persons, half of all housing units and persons in group quarters were included. In all other places, one-sixth of the housing units or persons in group quarters were sampled.

All persons and housing units in the United States in 1980.

self-enumerated questionnaires

census/enumeration data



2008-02-15 SAS and SPSS setup files have been added to this data collection.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 80 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.


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  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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