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Net Migration of the Population by Age, Sex, and Race, 1950-1970 (ICPSR 8493)

Principal Investigator(s): Bowles, Gladys K., United States Department of Agriculture; Tarver, James D., University of Georgia; Beale, Calvin L., University of Georgia; Lee, Everette S., University of Georgia


This data collection includes estimates of net migration by age, race, and sex for United States counties for the periods 1950-1960 and 1960-1970. These estimates were developed primarily by the census-survival ratios forward method, and adjusted to be consistent with vital statistics by county. The files contain geographical identifiers such as state, division, region, county name and GEO code. Data on births according to sex and race are presented as well as total population by age groups, sex and race (white vs. nonwhite). Net migration estimates and net migration rates for each category are also included.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  1950-1960 Data - Download All Files (76.707 MB)
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DS2:  1960-1970 Data - Download All Files (76.937 MB)
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Study Description


Bowles, Gladys K., James D. Tarver, Calvin L. Beale, and Everette S. Lee. Net Migration of the Population by Age, Sex, and Race, 1950-1970. ICPSR08493-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-05-11. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08493.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08493.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation
  • United States Department of Agriculture

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    age, demographic characteristics, gender, population, population migration, race, vital statistics

Smallest Geographic Unit:    county

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1950--1970

Date of Collection:   

  • 1960
  • 1970

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Total United States population.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data


Time Method:    Time Series: Discrete

Mode of Data Collection:    record abstracts

Data Source:

United States Census of Population and Housing, 1960

United States Census of Population and Housing, 1970

Extent of Processing:   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.


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-12-04

Version History:

  • 2016-05-11 SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, SAS transport (CPORT) files, tab-delimited data files and R data files have been added to the collection. The codebook was updated.
  • 2006-01-18 File CB8493.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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