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Current Population Survey, August 2000: Internet and Computer Use Supplement (ICPSR 3171)

Published: Sep 19, 2011

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


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This data collection is comprised of responses from two sets of survey questionnaires, the basic Current Population Survey (CPS) and a survey on the topic of Internet and Computer Use in the United States, which was administered as a supplement to the August 2000 CPS.

The CPS, administered monthly, is a labor force survey providing current estimates of the economic status and activities of the population of the United States, for the week prior to the survey. Specifically, the CPS provides estimates of total employment (both farm and nonfarm), nonfarm self- employed persons, domestics, and unpaid helpers in nonfarm family enterprises, wage and salaried employees, and estimates of total unemployment.

The August 2000 supplement survey queried respondents on whether there was a personal computer and/or laptop in the household, how many computers or laptops were in the household, if anyone in the household used the Internet, who was the Internet service provider, how the Internet was accessed (i.e., dial-up, DSL, or cable modem), and where the Internet was regularly accessed (e.g, from home, work, community center, library, or religious facility). Other Internet specific questions included concerns about providing personal information over the Internet, if household members used the Internet to access e-mail, news, weather, play games, take on-line courses, shop, pay bills, look for a job, or search for information about products and services (like health, government, or financial services).

Demographic variables include age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, marital status, veteran status, educational attainment, occupation, and income.

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census, and United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Current Population Survey, August 2000:  Internet and Computer Use Supplement. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-09-19.

Export Citation:

  • RIS (generic format for RefWorks, EndNote, etc.)
  • EndNote


2000-08-13 -- 2000-08-19

The universe statements for each variable are defined in either the basic or supplement record layout, which are located in Attachment 7 and 8, respectively, of the User Guide.

Users are strongly encouraged to refer to the User Guide (produced by the Principal Investigators), which contains not only information about the basic CPS survey, but also detailed technical documentation specific to the Internet and Computer Supplement. In particular, Attachment 9 of the User Guide contains the supplement questionnaire.

ICPSR removed all FILLER and PADDING variables from the data. As a result, the column locations in any ICPSR-released data product (e.g., codebook and setup files) will have column locations that are not consistent with locations described in the User Guide.

A multistage probability sample was selected to represent the universe of approximately 48,000 households.

The universe for the basic CPS monthly survey consisted of all persons in the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States living in households. The August 2000 supplement universe represented the full CPS sample comprising all households.

individuals within housing units

survey data

computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI)

computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)



2011-09-19 The ASCII data for this collection have been completely replaced. The data collection has been updated to include SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files for use with the new data. Also included in the update are a corresponding SAS transport (CPORT) file, SPSS system file, Stata system file, and a tab-delimited version of the new ASCII data.

The data contain seven weight variables:

  • Household Weight -- HWHHWGT -- Used for tallying household characteristics.
  • Family Weight -- PWFMWGT -- Used for tallying family characteristics.
  • Longitudinal Weight -- PWLGWGT -- Found only on adult records matched from month to month (used for gross flows analysis).
  • Outgoing Rotation Weight -- PWORWGT -- Used for tallying information collected only in outgoing rotations.
  • Final Weight -- PWSSWGT -- Used for most tabulations, controlled to independent estimates for (1) States; (2) Origin, Sex, and Age; and (3) Age, Race, and Sex.
  • Veteran's Weight -- PWVETWGT -- Used for tallying veteran's data only.
  • Composited Final Weight -- PWCMPWGT -- Used to create BLS's published labor force statistics.

There is no supplement weight, so use the basic CPS final weight -- PWSSWGT -- for tallying individuals on the file. Users are strongly encouraged to refer to the User Guide for detailed information on how to use the weights, as well as how they were derived.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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This study is provided by Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD).