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Census of Governments, 1987: Government Organization File

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; government personnel; government services; local government; municipal services; municipalities; public officials; public schools; school districts; school enrollments; townships
  • Abstract

    This data collection provides information regarding the number, type, and selected characteristics of local governments. Government characteristics include 1986 estimated population, year of incorporation, form of government, number of elected officials, and types of public services provided. Additional data on public school districts were collected by the National Center for Education Statistics and include the number of schools, fall enrollment, and grade levels.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Collection date: 1987
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All levels of local government (excluding states) within the United States. Data are presented for counties, municipalities, townships, independent and dependent school districts, and single- and multiple-function special districts.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9388 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09388.v1
  • Cready, Cynthia M., Fossett, Mark A.. The Impact of Desegregation on White Public School Enrollment in the U. S. Nonmetro South, 1960-1990. Social Science Quarterly.79, (3), 664-676.1998.
  • Foster, Kathryn A.. Specialization in Government: The Uneven Use of Special Districts in Metropolitan Areas. Urban Affairs Review.31, (3), 283-313.1996.
    • ID: 10.1177/107808749603100301 (DOI)
  • Phelan, Thomas J., Schneider, Mark. Race, Ethnicity, and Class in American Suburbs. Urban Affairs Review.31, (5), 659-680.1996.
    • ID: 10.1177/107808749603100504 (DOI)
  • (author unknown). Census of Governments: Volume 1, Number 1, Government Organization. Washington, DC: United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. 1992.
  • (author unknown). 1987 Census of Governments: Volume 1, Government Organization; Number 2, Popularly Elected Officials. Washington, DC: United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. 1990.

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

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census (1990): Census of Governments, 1987: Government Organization File. Archival Version. Census of Governments Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.