Current Population Survey: Annual Demographic File, 1978 (ICPSR 7836)

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


This data collection supplies standard monthly labor force data as well as supplemental data on work experience, income, and migration. Comprehensive information is given on the employment status, occupation, and industry of persons 14 years old and older. Additional data are available concerning weeks worked and hours per week worked, reason not working full-time, total income and income components, and residence. Information on demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, race, marital status, veteran status, household relationship, educational attainment, and Hispanic origin, is available for each person in the household enumerated.

Series: Current Population Survey Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY: ANNUAL DEMOGRAPHIC FILE, 1978. ICPSR07836-v2. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1979. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-03-28.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    census data, demographic characteristics, employment, Hispanic origins, households, income, job history, labor force, occupational mobility, population characteristics, population estimates, unemployment, working hours

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1978-03

Date of Collection:   

  • 1978-03

Universe:    Persons in the civilian noninstitutional population of the United States living in households and members of the armed forces living in civilian housing in 1978.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) This hierarchical file contains a total of 282,054 records and approximately 340 variables. There are 67,900 household records, of which 54,762 are interviewed households. There are 41,459 family records, 785 subfamily records, 191 secondary family records, and 155,706 person records. Household records contain approximately 40 variables, family records contain approximately 80 variables, and person records contain approximately 220 variables. (2) All records contain weights, which must be used in any analysis.


Sample:    A national probability sample was used in selecting the housing units. A total of 54,762 households were interviewed.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-28

Version History:

  • 2008-03-28 The codebook was updated to include Appendix A and the database dictionary and occupation classifications were revised.

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