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American State Data, 1956-1965

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data
  • Sharkansky, Ira
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
crime rates; crime statistics; demographic characteristics; earned degrees; education; enrollments; government expenditures; government services; higher education; income; infant mortality; natural resources; population dynamics; public assistance programs; state government; states (USA)
  • Abstract

    This data collection provides selected economic, social, demographic, and political information for 48 states of the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. Variables describe population characteristics, such as the number of adults aged 65 and over, the number of dentists and physicians, the number of patients in mental hospitals, the death rates of white and non-white infants under one year of age per 1,000 live births, respectively, the number of recipients of public assistance such as Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), elementary and secondary school enrollment, enrollment in vocational programs, the total number of students in higher education, the number of those conferred with M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, and the number of workers in research experiment stations. Other variables provide economic information, such as personal income per capita, average monthly payment per recipient of some public assistance programs, average salary per month for full-time state and local employees, state and local government revenues and expenditures, and various intergovernmental revenues from the federal government for certain services. Additional variables record crime statistics, such as the number of robbery, burglary, larceny, auto theft, assault, rape, and murder offenses per 100,000 of the population. There are also variables that give information on each state's topography, such as the acreage of state parks, total farm acreage, municipal road mileage, and total unsurfaced road mileage.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1956 / 1965
    Time period: 1956--1965
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The 48 contiguous states of the United States.
Collection Mode
  • The data map is provided as an ASCII text file, and the codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 24 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR00024.v1
  • Western, Bruce. Did falling wages and employment increase U.S. imprisonment?. Social Forces.84, (4), 2291-2312.2006.
    • ID: 10.1353/sof.2006.0114 (DOI)
  • Uslaner, Eric M.. The Pitfalls of Per Capita. American Journal of Political Science.20, (1), 125-133.1976.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Shbarkansky, Ira. Economic development, representative mechanisms, administrative professionalism and public policies: A comparative analysis of within-state distributions of economic and political traits. Journal of Politics.33, (127), 112-132.1971.
  • Sharkansky, Ira, Hofferbert, Richard I.. Dimensions of state politics, economics, and public policy. American Political Science Review.63, (3), 867-879.1969.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Sharkansky, Ira (1984): American State Data, 1956-1965. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.