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Census of Population and Housing, 1980 [United States]: Summary Tape File 4C SMSA Extract

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data
  • United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Census of Population and Housing, 1980 [United States] Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
African Americans; automobile ownership; census data; children; demographic characteristics; education; ethnicity; employment; family; Hispanic origins; households; housing; income; Metropolitan Statistical Areas; occupations; population; property value; states (USA); urban areas
  • Abstract

    Summary Tape File (STF) 4C provides summary statistics on population and housing characteristics produced from the 1980 Census. This extract of STF 4C provides data for Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs), urbanized areas, and the state components of SMSAs and urbanized areas. The summary data are presented as a series of tables, one variable per table cell, which are repeated for each area. Population items tabulated for each area include age, race, sex, marital status, and Spanish origin, plus information on schooling, employment status, children, occupation, and income. Housing items include data on size and condition of the housing unit as well as information on value, age, water, sewage and heating, vehicles, and monthly owner costs.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Collection date: 1980
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All persons and housing units in SMSAs and urbanized areas in the United States.
Estimates derived from the 1980 Census have been inflated to represent the entire population of the United States.
Collection Mode
  • (1) The data file comprises two record types, Record A and Record B, each with a different series of population and housing tables. Record A is presented for each geographic area and is followed by a number of B records. There is a separate B record for the total population, Spanish origin persons if present in the geographic area, and each race category in the area. The A and B records are divided into segments, each comprising 1,956 characters, which constitute the logical records of the data file. Record A contains 25 segments, 5 with population tables and 20 with housing tables. Record B has 19 segments, 11 with population tables and 8 with housing tables. To protect respondent privacy, the B record for Spanish-origin persons or a race category was omitted if certain suppression criteria were met. (2) In STF 4C, Record B is present for the total population and a maximum of 38 race, Spanish-origin, and ancestry categories. However, this abstract is limited to just seven basic categories: 1. total population, 2. Whites, 3. Blacks, 4. American Indians, Eskimos, and Aleuts, 5. Asians and Pacific Islanders, 6. persons of other races, and 7. Spanish-origin persons. (3) The data file contains 120 to 158 logical records per case and approximately 1,500 variables. The cases are sorted by geographic hierarchy.

2006-07-07 Duplicate records (5,218 in number) were removed from the data file and the study description was revised.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8426 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08426.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 10 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census (1986): Census of Population and Housing, 1980 [United States]: Summary Tape File 4C SMSA Extract. Archival Version. Census of Population and Housing, 1980 [United States] Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.