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Census of Governments, 1972: Government Employment and Finance Files

Resource Type
Dataset : census/enumeration data
  • United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Census of Governments Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
census data; counties; economic conditions; employee benefits; employment; finance; government employees; government expenditures; government revenues; local government; municipal services; municipalities; school districts; state government; townships
  • Abstract

    This study contains economic and employment data for governmental units in states, cities, towns, counties, school districts, and special districts in the United States in 1972. The employment data provide information on the number and functions of full-time and part-time government employees, retirement and insurance coverage extended to full-time employees, membership of employees in employee organizations, and governmental labor policies for the counties and states (Part 1), cities and towns (Part 2), special districts (Part 3), and school districts (Part 4). The finance data provide information on revenues from and expenditures on education, public buildings, highways, health, hospitals, libraries, natural resources, police, sanitation, public welfare, water transportation, and gas and electricity for counties and states (Part 5), cities and towns (Part 6), special districts (Part 7), and school districts (Part 8). Other items include revenues from taxes, and government debts.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: 1972 Employment, County and State
    • DS2: 1972 Employment, City and Town
    • DS3: 1972 Employment, Special Districts
    • DS4: 1972 Employment, School Districts
    • DS5: 1972 Finance, County and State
    • DS6: 1972 Finance, City and Town
    • DS7: 1972 Finance, Special Districts
    • DS8: 1972 Finance, School Districts
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1972
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
States, cities, towns, counties, school districts, and special districts in the United States in 1972.
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 9 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 69 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR00069.v1
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census (1984): Census of Governments, 1972: Government Employment and Finance Files. Archival Version. Census of Governments Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.