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Multiple Cause of Death, 1974-1978

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Multiple Cause of Death Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
age; causes of death; death; death records; ethnicity; fatalities; gender; marital status; mortality rates; race
  • Abstract

    This data collection presents information about the causes of all recorded deaths occurring in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa during 1974 through 1978. Data are provided concerning underlying causes of death, multiple conditions that caused the death, place of death, residence of the deceased (e.g., region, division, state, county), whether an autopsy was performed, and the month and day of the week of the death. In addition, data are supplied on the sex, race, age, marital status, education, usual occupation, and origin or descent of the deceased. The multiple cause of death fields were coded from the MANUAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL STATISTICAL CLASSIFICATION OF DISEASES, INJURIES, AND CAUSE-OF-DEATH, EIGHTH REVISION (ICD-8), VOLUMES 1 AND 2.
  • Methods

    There is one weight variable in the data file called WTFACTOR.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: 1974 Data
    • DS2: 1975 Data
    • DS3: 1976 Data
    • DS4: 1977 Data
    • DS5: 1978 Data
Temporal Coverage
  • 1974 / 1978
    Time period: 1974--1978
  • 1974 / 1978
    Collection date: 1974--1978
Geographic Coverage
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • American Samoa
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Puerto Rico
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • United States
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virgin Islands of the United States
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
Sampled Universe
All recorded deaths occurring in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam during 1974-1978.
Collection Mode
  • (1) Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data files and text of the technical documentation for this collection as prepared by NCHS. (2) The codebooks, frequencies, record layouts, appendices, and geographical code outlines are provided by the data producer as Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

2007-05-16 Setup files have been created.2006-01-18 File CB3906.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics (2004): Multiple Cause of Death, 1974-1978. Version 1. Multiple Cause of Death Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.