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Census of Governments, 1987: Finance Statistics

Resource Type
Dataset : census 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

    In this data collection finance data on revenues, expenditures, indebtedness and debt transactions, and cash and security holdings are provided for state and local governments. Revenue data are provided by source. Expenditures are shown by function such as education, highways, and public welfare, as well as by type, including intergovernmental, current operation, and capital outlay. Indebtedness data show outstanding debt by type of debt, and debt transactions. Asset data are shown by purpose and type of financial asset. Financial statistics of employee retirement systems and of utilities operations by state and local governments are included within the data record of the performing or parent government. Data are provided for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. File A provides data for governmental units, including the federal government and state, county, municipal, township, special district, and independent school district governments, as well as regional education service districts. File B includes data on counties. File C provides national and state area summations. File D contains educational finance data pertaining to all public elementary-secondary school systems and selected higher education institutions.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: File A
    • DS2: File B
    • DS3: File C
    • DS4: File D
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Governmental units canvassed in the finance phase of the 1987 Census of Governments. These include the federal government, states, counties, municipalities, townships, special districts, public school districts, and local institutions of higher education.
Collection Mode
  • All data are expressed in thousands of dollars.

2006-01-18 File CB9484.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9484 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09484.v1
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    • ID: 10.1177/107808749603100504 (DOI)
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    • ID: 10.1177/107808749603200201 (DOI)

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

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census (1991): Census of Governments, 1987: Finance Statistics. Archival Version. Census of Governments Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.