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County Statistics File 4 (CO-STAT 4): [United States]

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data
  • United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
agriculture; business; counties; crime; education; elections; government; health; households; human services; income; industry; labor; population characteristics; poverty
  • 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 3,141 counties and county equivalents (defined as of April 24, 1989). 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
  • (1) The data file contains data for 3,193 geographic areas: the United States, each state and the District of Columbia, and 3,141 counties or county equivalents. (Three fields in the file identify counties which were in metropolitan areas as of June 30, 1990.) There are 35 records for each geographic area. (2) There are two footnote files in the collection, 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. (3) The data dictionary for this collection is not designed for direct use with any software package. (4) 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.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9806 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09806.v1
  • Nielsen, Francois, Alderson, Arthur S.. The Kuznets curve and the Great U-Turn: Income inequality in U.S. counties, 1970 to1990. American Sociological Review.62, (1), 12-33.1997.
    • ID: (URL)
  • (author unknown). State and Metropolitan Area Data Book, 1991. Washington, DC: United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. 1991.
  • 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.

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

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census (1992): County Statistics File 4 (CO-STAT 4): [United States]. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.