Census of Population and Housing, 1980 [United States]: Special Tabulations of Population 60 Years and Over (ICPSR 8533)

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


These data, which correspond to tables provided in the documentation, summarize information on the United States population aged 60 years and over that was collected in the 1980 Census of Population and Housing. The tables were prepared by the Bureau of the Census at the request of the National Institute on Aging. Variables appearing in one or more of the tables are age (in single years or five-year intervals), sex, race (black/white), living arrangements (institutionalization status, household/group quarters, living in families/alone, relationship to householder, persons per room), income (source, personal level, family level, household level, poverty status), veteran status, educational attainment, urban/rural residence, marital status, nativity status, and Spanish origin. In some of the tables totals that exclude amounts allocated for missing data are provided for purposes of comparison. The variables for which non-allocated figures are included are age, race, institutionalization status, income, veterans status, educational attainment, marital status, and Spanish origin. The file contains a complete set of tables for the United States as a whole, for each of the four Census regions, and for each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and five territories.

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

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United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Census of Population and Housing, 1980 [United States]: Special Tabulations of Population 60 Years and Over. ICPSR08533-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1987. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08533.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08533.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    aging, aging population, census data, census regions, demographic characteristics, education, ethnicity, families, household composition, households, housing, housing conditions, income, marital status, older adults, population characteristics, veterans, vital statistics

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1979--1980

Date of Collection:   

  • 1980

Universe:    All residents of the United States.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

The data are in the form of 25 tables per geographic unit of analysis, or 1,525 tables in all. Each set of tables shows cross-tabulations of different combinations of 16 items from the 1980 Census. Each row of data constitutes a record. There are 534,300 records (approximately 50-1200 rows of data per table). The number of columns of data per table ranges from 9-13.


Sample:    Estimates for "sample items" from the 1980 Census have been "exploded" or expanded to represent the entire United States population. Other items are "100% items", such as age, sex, race, Spanish origin, marital status, and household relationship.

Data Source:

United States Census of Population and Housing, 1980


Original ICPSR Release:   1987-02-26


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