Current Population Survey: Annual Demographic File, 1985 (ICPSR 8432)

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, noncash benefits, and migration. Comprehensive information is given on the employment status, occupation, and industry of persons 14 years old and older. (Occupation and industry were coded using the 1980 Census of Population and Housing occupation and industry classification scheme.) Additional data for persons 15 years old and older are available concerning weeks worked and hours worked per week, reason not working full-time, total income and income components, and residence. This file also contains data covering nine noncash income sources such as food stamps, school lunch programs, employer-provided group health insurance plans, employer-provided pension plans, personal health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, CHAMPUS or military health care, and energy assistance. Information on demographic characteristics, such as age, race, sex, household relationship, martial status, veteran status, educational background, 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, 1985. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1985. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1985.

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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:   

  • 1985-03

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985-03

Universe:    Civilian noninstitutional population of the United States living in households and members of the armed forces living in civilian housing units in 1985.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) This hierarchical file contains 301,261 records. There are three record types. Household records contain 60 variables, family records contain 78 variables, and person records contain approximately 235 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. Approximately 58,000 households were sampled.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1985-12-20

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