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County Statistics File 3 (CO-STAT 3): [United States]

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data
  • United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
agriculture; businesses; census data; counties; crime; demographic characteristics; education; government; health; housing; income; labor force; manufacturing industry
  • Abstract

    This compilation of data, which was gathered from a variety of federal agencies and private organizations, provides information for the United States as a whole, the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and 3,139 counties and county equivalents (defined as of January 1, 1983). Data are included for the following general areas: age, ancestry, agriculture, banking, business, construction, crime, education, elections, government, health, households, housing, labor, land area, manufactures, money income, personal income, population, poverty, retail trade, service industries, social insurance and human services, veterans, vital statistics, wholesale trade, and journey to work.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Data
    • DS2: Footnotes for all Subject Data Items Except Crime
    • DS3: Footnotes for Crime Data Items
    • DS4: Data Dictionary
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The universe varies from item to item within the file, e.g., all persons, all housing units, all local governments, etc.
Collection Mode
  • The data file contains 3,191 records: one for the United States, each state and the District of Columbia, and 3,139 counties or county equivalents. (Three fields in the file identify counties which were in metropolitan areas as of June 30, 1988.)

    Each logical record has been divided into ten 1,888-character segments.

    There are two footnote files on the data tape, one for crime-related variables and one for all other subject areas. Each record in the footnote files consists of an item label, a geographic code, and a footnote reference number. The text corresponding to the footnote reference number is contained in Appendix A of the codebook. Footnotes associated with specific data cells qualify the data in one way or another. Some examples include a reference period different from the norm or the combination of data for two or more areas. The data user is urged to review the applicable footnotes for the items to be used.

    The data dictionary for this collection is not designed for direct use with any software package.

    The time periods covered for each data item vary. For data series that are available on an annual basis, several years of data will generally be presented. For decennial census and economic census data items, comparable information from a prior census is available in many cases.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9168 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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    • ID: 10.1162/002219599551877 (DOI)
  • Snipes, Jeffrey B., Maguire, Edward R.. Country Music, Suicide, and Spuriousness. Social Forces.74, (1), 327-329.1995.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Stack, Steven, Gundlach, Jim. Country Music and Suicide--Individual, Indirect, and Interaction Effects: A Reply to Snipes and Maguire. Social Forces.74, (1), 331-335.1995.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Maguire, Edward R., Snipes, Jeffrey B., Stack, Steven, Gundlach, Jim. Reassessing the Link between Country Music and Suicide. Social Forces.72, (4), 1239-1243.1994.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Mauk, Gary W., Taylor, Matthew J., White, Karl R., Allen, T. Scott. Comments on Stack and Gundlach's 'The Effect of Country Music on Suicide': An 'Achy Breaky Heart' May Not Kill You. Social Forces.72, (4), 1249-1255.1994.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Stack, Steven, Gundlach, Jim. Country Music and Suicide: A Reply to Maguire and Snipes. Social Forces.72, (4), 1245-1248.1994.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Stack, Steven, Gundlach, Jim. Psychological versus Sociological Perspectives on Suicide: A Reply to Mauk, Taylor, White, and Allen. Social Forces.72, (4), 1257-1261.1994.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Aguirre, B.E., Saenz, Rogelino, Edmiston, John, Yang, Nan, Agramonte, Elsa, Stuart, Dietra L.. The human ecology of tornadoes. Demography.30, (4), 623-633.1993.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Stack, Steven, Gundlach, Jim. The Effect of Country Music on Suicide. Social Forces.71, (1), 211-218.1992.
    • ID: (URL)
  • United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. County and City Data Book, 1988. Washington, DC: United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. 1988.
  • (author unknown). State and Metropolitan Data Book, 1986. Washington, DC: United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. 1986.

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

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census (1989): County Statistics File 3 (CO-STAT 3): [United States]. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.