Census of Population and Housing, 1980 [United States]: Summary Tape File 1: 1978 Richmond Dress Rehearsal (ICPSR 7781)

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


This data collection is a test version of the United States Bureau of the Census data file format for the 1980 United States Census. It consists of data collected in the spring of 1978 during a dress rehearsal for the 1980 United States Census and covers the city of Richmond, Henrico County, and Chesterfield County, Virginia. The Dress Rehearsal data were used to create two representative Summary Tape File 1 (STF1) files for users who wanted to become familiar with the data format or test and develop software for processing summary data. The purpose of the dress rehearsal program was to use the planned final materials and procedures in locations that simulated various conditions that the Bureau would face in the 1980 Census. The STF1 files are equivalent in content to the combined 1st and 3rd count summary files in the 1970 Census data. They contain only 100-percent items, and no sample items are present. This study contains two test files created from the Richmond Dress Rehearsal data: STF1A and STF1B. They are identical in content and format and differ only in geographic coverage. STF1A file (Part 1) contains summaries for the state, counties, minor civil divisions (MCD) or census county divisions (CCD), places or place segments within MCD/CCD and remainder of MCD/CCD, tracts or block numbering areas, and block groups or, for unblocked areas, enumeration districts. Summaries are also given for places and congressional districts for the 96th Congress. STF1B file (Part 2) provides summaries for state, SMSAs, nonSMSA remainder of state, counties, MCDs within counties, places within MCDs within counties, tracts or block numbering areas (BNAs), and blocks or, for unblocked areas, enumeration districts. Summaries are also provided for blocked portions of all geographic levels. Data are provided for population and housing characteristics. The housing items include occupancy/vacancy status, tenure, contract rent, value, condominium status, number of rooms, and plumbing facilities. Variables on population include demographic items such as age, race, sex, marital status, Spanish origin, household type, and household relationship. Selected aggregates, means, and medians are also provided. This hierarchical data collection contains approximately 59 variables. STF1A contains 733 records with a logical record length of 3,276 characters with 2 record segments of 1,638 characters each. STF1B contains 7,278 records with a logical record length of 3,276 characters with 2 record segments of 1,638 characters each. The data are arrayed in 59 tables consisting of 32l data cells. One set of documentation is provided to cover both files. See the related collection, CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING, 1980 [UNITED STATES]: P.L. 94-171 POPULATION COUNTS: 1978 RICHMOND DRESS REHEARSAL (ICPSR 7810).

Series: Census of Population and Housing, 1980 [United States] Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  STF1A - Download All Files (6.976 MB)
DS2:  STF1B - Download All Files (28.049 MB)

Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING, 1980 [UNITED STATES]: SUMMARY TAPE FILE 1: 1978 RICHMOND DRESS REHEARSAL. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1980. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07781.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07781.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    census data, demographic characteristics, ethnicity, household composition, housing, housing units, housing conditions, population

Geographic Coverage:    Richmond, United States, Virginia

Time Period:   

  • 1980

Universe:    All persons and housing units in Richmond City, Henrico County, and Chesterfield County, Virginia, in 1978.

Data Type(s):    census/enumeration data and aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site. (2) Users should note that there are analytical limitations to the use of the dress rehearsal data. One type of analytical limitation of the data is geographic. A second limitation results from changes in the questionnaire between the Richmond Dress Rehearsal and the 1980 Census. Although the changes do not affect the character location or the structure of this dataset, they do affect the substantive compatibility of STF 1 for the Richmond test and STF 1 for the 1980 Census. The data from the Richmond test were forced into the 1980 format for STF 1. Consequently, data on the Richmond STF 1 reflect the items on that questionnaire, but the format of the 1980 questionnaire governs the tape layout.


Data Source:

personal interviews, mailback questionnaires, and self-enumerated questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-28

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB7781.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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