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Social Composition of Detroit, 1880-1900

Resource Type
Dataset : census/enumeration data
  • Zunz, Olivier
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
census data; cities; culture change; educational background; environmental impact; ethnicity; family; health; households; immigrants; industrialization; jobs; lifestyles; manufacturing industry; marital status; nationality; nineteenth century; occupations; social change; social history; social structure; socioeconomic status; technological change; urban population; urbanization; work experience
  • Abstract

    This data collection consists of detailed examinations of various facets of life in Detroit in the years from 1880 through 1900. Data from 13 different primary sources (such as the manuscript censuses) were collected to analyze the effect that technological innovation and the environmental change that went with it had on the American social structure. Detroit is seen as a city that experienced all the problems of industrialization, as well as the advantages. It had a diverse ethnic population and grew rapidly in the years from 1880-1900. In addition to 1880 and 1900 census information, the study variables elicit information pertaining to the lifestyles, work experiences, and nationalities of people employed in various trades, including furniture making, railroad work, and vehicle manufacturing. The files on land use in 1880 and 1900 contain information on the number, type, and use of buildings in a given block. The files entitled, Charities and Women, contain information on nationality of respondents, their health and the health of their children, their current and previous residences, income, and property owned.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: 1880 Census Data
    • DS2: 1900 Census Data
    • DS3: Furniture Makers
    • DS4: Iron
    • DS5: Railroad Workers
    • DS6: Owners of Hack and Bus Lines
    • DS7: Employees of Hack and Bus Lines
    • DS8: Street Railway Employees
    • DS9: Vehicle Manufacturing
    • DS10: Land Use 1880
    • DS11: Land Use 1900
    • DS12: Charities
    • DS13: Women
Temporal Coverage
  • 1880 / 1900
    Time period: 1880--1900
Geographic Coverage
  • Detroit
  • Michigan
  • United States
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 14 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 14 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8200 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Zunz, Olivier. The Changing Face of Inequality: Urbanization, Industrial Development, and Immigrants in Detroit, 1880-1920. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 1982.
  • Zunz, Olivier, Ericson, William A., Fox, Daniel J.. Sampling for a Study of the Population and Land Use of Detroit in 1880-1885. Social Science History.1, (3), 307-332.1977.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Zunz, Olivier (1984): Social Composition of Detroit, 1880-1900. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.