Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: AC-011-004-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1989

Subject Area: County

Bibliographic Citation: County statistics file 4 (CO-STAT 4): [United States].  [machine-readable data file] / U.S. Department of Commerce  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9806

Number of Files Received: 5

Comments: WARNING! these data are formatted in a strange way. They are in card image, with 35 cards per observation, but the file is formatted with all card 01's followed by all card 02's, all card 03's, etc FOR EACH OBSERVATION. Thus, they are not in the USUAL format for card image data. This problem can cause severe difficulties with software, if the program attempts to read the cards sequentially, within each observation. See dump for more information.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook.

Abstract: This compilation of data, which was gathered from a variety of federal agencies and private organizations, provides information for the United States as a whole, the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and 3,141 counties and county equivalents (defined as of April 24, 1989). Data are included for the following general areas: age, ancestry, agriculture, banking, business, construction, crime, education, elections, government, health, households, housing, labor, land area, manufactures, money income, personal income, population, poverty, retail trade, service industries, social insurance and human services, veterans, vital statistics, wholesale trade, and journey to work.

SOURCE: federal agencies including the Bureau of the Census, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Social Security Administration, and private organizations such as the Elections Research Center and the American Medical Association

UNIVERSE: The universe varies from item to item within the file, e.g., all persons, all housing units, all local governments, etc.

NOTE: (1) The data file contains data for 3,193 geographic areas: the United States, each state and the District of Columbia, and 3,141 counties or county equivalents. (Three fields in the file identify counties which were in metropolitan areas as of June 30, 1990.) There are 35 records for each geographic area. (2) There are two footnote files in the collection, one for crime-related variables and one for all other subject areas. Each record in the footnote files consists of an item label, a geographic code, and a footnote reference number. The text corresponding to the footnote reference number is contained in Appendix A of the codebook. Footnotes associated with specific data cells qualify the data in one way or another. Some examples include a reference period different from the norm or the combination of data for two or more areas. The data user is urged to review the applicable footnotes for the items to be used. (3) The data dictionary for this collection is not designed for direct use with any software package. (4) The time periods covered for each data item vary. For data series that are available on an annual basis, several years of data will generally be presented. For decennial census and economic census data items, comparable information from a prior census is available in many cases.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation (text) + database dictionary.

DATA TYPE: aggregate data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL

EXTENT OF PROCESSING BY ICPSR: BLANKS/ NONNUM

RELATED PUBLICATIONS:

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. STATE AND METROPOLITAN AREA DATA BOOK, 1991. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office. United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. COUNTY AND CITY DATA BOOK, 1988. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office.

Media/File Reports:

ICPSR Direct