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Census of Governments, 1982: Finance Summary Statistics

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data, and aggregate 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; debt; employee benefits; employment; finance; government employees; government expenditures; government revenues; local government; municipal services; municipalities; school districts; state government; townships
  • Abstract

    Every fifth year a complete census of state and local governmental units in the United States is undertaken. This collection contains 1982 finance data for revenue, expenditure, debt, and cash and security holdings for state and local governments. Revenue is given by source--generally taxes, intergovernmental revenue, and service charges. Expenditures are shown both by function, such as education, transportation, and public welfare, and by type, including intergovernmental, current operation, and capital outlay. Also provided are financial data on employment-retiree systems and on utilities operated by state and local governments. There are four files in this collection. File A provides detailed statistics for each state and local government, File B has the data for local governmental units aggregated by county, and File C has national and state summaries for the following types of governments: (1) State and Local Government total, (2) State Government, (3) Local Government, (4) Local Governments in SMSAs, (5) Counties, (6) Municipalities, (7) Townships, (8) School Districts, and (9) Special Districts. In addition, a Name and Address File provides the name, address, and corresponding government identification code for all of the local government units.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: A
    • DS2: B
    • DS3: C
    • DS4: Name and Address
Temporal Coverage
  • Collection date: 1982
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The 50 State governments and approximately 82,000 counties, municipalities, school and other districts in existence in the United States as of October 1982.
2006-01-18 File CB8394.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it 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
  • 8394 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08394.v1
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census (1985): Census of Governments, 1982: Finance Summary Statistics. Archival Version. Census of Governments Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.