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Census of Governments, 1982: Governmental Organization File

Resource Type
Dataset : survey 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; government personnel; government services; local government; municipal services; municipalities; public officials; public schools; school districts; school enrollments; townships
  • Abstract

    This collection contains data for counties, municipalities, townships, independent and dependent school districts, and single- and multiple-function special districts. Information regarding the number, type, and selected characteristics of local governments is contained in this dataset. Government characteristics such as 1980 Census population, number of employees, payroll, and types of public services provided are also included. Additional data on public school districts were collected by the National Center for Education Statistics. This information includes the number of schools, fall enrollment, and grade levels. The records are sequenced by state and government type.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1982
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All levels of local government (excluding states) within the United States.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8268 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08268.v1
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    • ID: 10.1177/107808749603100301 (DOI)
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  • Ichniowski, Casey, Zax, Jeffrey S.. Today's Associations, Tomorrow's Unions. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.43, (2), 191-208.1990.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Zax, Jeffrey S., Ichniowski, Casey. Bargaining Laws and Unionization in the Local Public Sector. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.43, (4), 447-462.1990.
    • ID: (URL)
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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 (1985): Census of Governments, 1982: Governmental Organization File. Archival Version. Census of Governments Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.