Population of Counties, Towns, and Cities in the United States, 1850 and 1860 (ICPSR 9424)

Published: Feb 17, 2009

Principal Investigator(s):
Michael J. Fishman, University of Chicago. Center for Population Economics


Version V2

This data collection contains information about the population of each county, town, and city of the United States in 1850 and 1860. Specific variables include tabulations of white, black, and slave males and females, and aggregate population for each town. Foreign-born population, total population of each county, and centroid latitudes and longitudes of each county and state were also compiled.

Fishman, Michael J. Population of Counties, Towns, and Cities in the United States, 1850 and 1860. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-02-17. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09424.v2

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University of Chicago. Booth School of Business. Center for Population Economics

1850 -- 1860


The data contain alphabetic codes.

All United States counties, towns, and cities in 1850 and 1860. The list was obtained from published data in POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES IN 1860.

POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES IN 1860, WASHINGTON DC: Government Printing Office, 1864




2009-02-17 SAS and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

1991-03-05 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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