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Urban Composition of United States Counties, 1850

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data
  • Vinovskis, Maris
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
census data; counties; demographic characteristics; ethnic groups; history; nineteenth century; population characteristics; population distribution; population size; urban population; urban areas; White Americans
  • Abstract

    This dataset contains several measures of urban concentration for each of the 1,606 United States counties in existence in 1850. Included are measures of the white and total populations in each county, as well as percentages of the white and total populations that resided in towns of various sizes. Town-level population counts were collected from Tables I and II of the SEVENTH CENSUS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1850. The principal investigator manually aggregated individual town counts to various town size measures, and calculated percentages of county population totals. Variables on total and white populations of each county were added to this data collection by ICPSR, from HISTORICAL, DEMOGRAPHIC, ECONOMIC, AND SOCIAL DATA: THE UNITED STATES, 1790-1970 (ICPSR 0003).
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1850
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
United States counties in existence in 1850.
Collection Mode
  • 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 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
  • 7455 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07455.v1

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

Vinovskis, Maris (1984): Urban Composition of United States Counties, 1850. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.