County Business Patterns, 1985 [United States]: U.S. Summary, State, and County Data (ICPSR 8883)

Published: Jan 4, 2013

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


Version V2

This collection supplies the total number of business establishments, mid-March employment figures, and first-quarter and annual payrolls for 1985 at county, state, and national levels. Also provided are data on the number of establishments by employment-size class.

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. County Business Patterns, 1985 [United States]: U.S. Summary, State, and County Data. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-01-04.

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To identify values on the SIC CODE variables, please use the "1985 SIC Reference Code List", which presents the SIC codes in the same format that is used in the datasets.

Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

All business establishments with one or more paid employees in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, excluding agriculture production, railroad, government, or household employment.

county within state


Bureau of the Census Standard Statistical Establishment List (SSEL)

administrative records data

aggregate data



2013-01-04 SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files and a SAS transport (CPORT) file have been added to the collection. The datasets have been edited to remove records with no data. The "1985 SIC Reference Code List" has been removed from DS 12; it has been converted to PDF, and included in the codebook for all parts.

2006-01-18 File CB8883.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

1988-03-16 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.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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

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