Census of Population and Housing, 1980 [United States]: Summary Tape File 5, Special Tabulations of Population 60 Years and Over (ICPSR 8658)

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. The tables are comprised of cross-tabulations of both "100 percent items" and "sample items" with age (bracketed in five year intervals from 60-64 through 90+). Race (White/Black/American Indian/Asian Pacific Islander/Spanish Origin) is a factor in all of the tables, either as race of respondent, of householder, or of family head. The file contains data for a complete set of tables for each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia and five territories, the nine Census divisions, the four Census regions, and the United States as a whole.

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

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Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Census of Population and Housing, 1980 [United States]: Summary Tape File 5, Special Tabulations of Population 60 Years and Over. ICPSR08658-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 198?. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08658.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08658.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, census data, demographic characteristics, household composition, housing, housing units, housing conditions, population, race

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 72 tables per geographic unit of analysis, or 4,680 tables in all. Each set of tables shows cross-tabulations of age with different combinations of 37 other items from the 1980 Census. Each row of data constitutes a record. There are 1,430,000 records (approximately 150-1500 rows of data per table per geographic unit). There are seven columns of data per table, corresponding to the age brackets.


Sample:    Estimates for "sample items" from the 1980 Census have been "exploded" or expanded to represent the entire U.S. 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

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB8658.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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