Census of Population and Housing [United States], 1970 Public Use Sample: Merged Family Household Data Records for 42 SMSAs (ICPSR 7759)

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


This data collection represents a sample of the records contained in the Census Bureau's 1-in-100 county group sample 5-percent files for Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs). Family information is provided in this file, including family relationships, size of family, family unit membership and group quarters status, Spanish descent, citizenship, immigration history, marital history, disability that affected work, and state of residence five years ago. Information is also provided on the housing unit, such as occupancy and vacancy status of house, number of rooms, tenure, value of property, commercial use, year structure was built, location of structure, rent, and availability of telephone, complete kitchen facilities, hot and cold water, bathtub or shower, flush toilet, plumbing facilities, basement, clothes washing machine, dishwasher, and television set. Other demographic variables provide information on age, sex, race, ethnicity, place of birth, marital status, education, occupation, income, and ratio of family income to poverty cutoff level.

Series: Census of Population and Housing, 1970 [United States] Series

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Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Census of Population and Housing [United States], 1970 Public Use Sample: Merged Family Household Data Records for 42 SMSAs. ICPSR07759-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-08-12. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07759.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07759.v2

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Scope of Study


Sample:    Approximately 50,000 families from 42 Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs). A sample was drawn of approximately 1,500 family households (defined as a household occupied by at least one family) for each of 42 selected Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs). All relevant household and person records for the families in the households selected were then combined to form a single fixed field logical record for each family in the sample.

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires

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:   1984-06-28

Version History:

  • 2009-08-12 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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