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National Crime Surveys: Cities, 1972-1975

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Free Keywords
census data; cities; crime; criminal justice system; households; victimization
  • Abstract

    This sample of the National Crime Survey contains information about victimization in 26 central cities in the United States. The data are designed to achieve three primary objectives: 1) to develop detailed information about the victims and consequences of crime, 2) to estimate the numbers and types of crimes not reported to police, and 3) to provide uniform measures of selected types of crimes and permit reliable comparisons over time and between areas of the country. Information about each household or personal victimization was recorded. The data include type of crime (attempts are covered as well), description of offender, severity of crime, injuries or losses, time and place of occurrence, age, race and sex of offender(s), relationship of offenders to victims, education, migration, labor force status, occupation, and income of persons involved.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Newark, 1972: Person-Level
    • DS2: St. Louis, 1972: Person-Level
    • DS3: Cleveland, 1972: Person-Level
    • DS4: Dallas, 1972: Person-Level
    • DS5: Atlanta, 1972: Person-Level
    • DS6: Baltimore, 1972: Person-Level
    • DS7: Denver, 1972: Person-Level
    • DS8: Portland, 1972: Person-Level
    • DS9: New York, 1973: Person-Level
    • DS10: Philadelphia, 1973: Person-Level
    • DS11: Chicago, 1973: Person-Level
    • DS12: Detroit, 1973: Person-Level
    • DS13: Los Angeles, 1973: Person-Level
    • DS14: Buffalo, 1974: Person-Level
    • DS15: Pittsburgh, 1974: Person-Level
    • DS16: Boston, 1974: Person-Level
    • DS17: Milwaukee, 1974: Person-Level
    • DS18: Minneapolis, 1974: Person-Level
    • DS19: Cincinnati, 1974: Person-Level
    • DS20: Miami, 1974: Person-Level
    • DS21: New Orleans, 1974: Person-Level
    • DS22: Houston, 1974: Person-Level
    • DS23: Washington, D.C., 1974: Person-Level
    • DS24: San Francisco, 1974: Person-Level
    • DS25: San Diego, 1974: Person-Level
    • DS26: Oakland, 1974: Person-Level
    • DS27: Newark, 1975: Person-Level
    • DS28: St. Louis, 1975: Person-Level
    • DS29: Cleveland, 1975: Person-Level
    • DS30: Dallas, 1975: Person-Level
    • DS31: Atlanta, 1975: Person-Level
    • DS32: Baltimore, 1975: Person-Level
    • DS33: Denver, 1975: Person-Level
    • DS34: Portland, 1975: Person-Level
    • DS35: New York, 1975: Person-Level
    • DS36: Philadelphia, 1975: Person-Level
    • DS37: Chicago, 1975: Person-Level
    • DS38: Detroit, 1975: Person-Level
    • DS39: Los Angeles, 1975: Person-Level
    • DS40: Newark, 1972: Incident-Level
    • DS41: St. Louis, 1972: Incident-Level
    • DS42: Cleveland, 1972: Incident-Level
    • DS43: Dallas, 1972: Incident-Level
    • DS44: Atlanta, 1972: Incident-Level
    • DS45: Baltimore, 1972: Incident-Level
    • DS46: Denver, 1972: Incident-Level
    • DS47: Portland, 1972: Incident-Level
    • DS48: New York, 1973: Incident-Level
    • DS49: Philadelphia, 1973: Incident-Level
    • DS50: Chicago, 1973: Incident-Level
    • DS51: Detroit, 1973: Incident-Level
    • DS52: Los Angeles, 1973: Incident-Level
    • DS53: Buffalo, 1974: Incident-Level
    • DS54: Pittsburgh, 1974: Incident-Level
    • DS56: Milwaukee, 1974: Incident-Level
    • DS57: Minneapolis, 1974: Incident-Level
    • DS58: Cincinnati, 1974: Incident-Level
    • DS59: Miami, 1974: Incident-Level
    • DS60: New Orleans, 1974: Incident-Level
    • DS61: Houston, 1974: Incident-Level
    • DS62: Washington, D.C., 1974: Incident-Level
    • DS63: San Francisco, 1974: Incident-Level
    • DS64: San Diego, 1974: Incident-Level
    • DS65: Oakland, 1974: Incident-Level
    • DS66: Newark, 1975: Incident-Level
    • DS67: St. Louis, 1975: Incident-Level
    • DS68: Cleveland, 1975: Incident-Level
    • DS69: Dallas, 1975: Incident-Level
    • DS70: Atlanta, 1975: Incident-Level
    • DS71: Baltimore, 1975: Incident-Level
    • DS72: Denver, 1975: Incident-Level
    • DS73: Portland, 1975: Incident-Level
    • DS74: New York, 1975: Incident-Level
    • DS75: Philadelphia, 1975: Incident-Level
    • DS76: Chicago, 1975: Incident-Level
    • DS77: Detroit, 1975: Incident-Level
    • DS78: Los Angeles, 1975: Incident-Level
Temporal Coverage
  • 1972 / 1975
    Time period: 1972--1975
  • 1972 / 1975
    Collection date: 1972--1975
Geographic Coverage
  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • California
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Colorado
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Detroit
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Houston
  • Illinois
  • Los Angeles
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Miami
  • Michigan
  • Milwaukee
  • Minneapolis
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New Orleans
  • New York (state)
  • New York City
  • Newark
  • Oakland
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Portland (Oregon)
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • St. Louis
  • Texas
  • United States
  • Wisconsin
Sampled Universe
Major cities in the United States.
Interviews were conducted with household members in each household sampled. The data for the Cities sample are organized by city for each year (1972-1975) into 39 separate incident-level and 39 separate person-level datasets. Each file represents a city for a year. A full sample of victims and a ten percent sample of non-victims for up to four incidents was employed. Thus, a maximum of four incidents per victim have been retained in the subset files. The remainder of the incidents were dropped. In the entire Cities Sample, approximately 97% of the respondents in each quarter report four or fewer incidents. As a sample of the National Crime Survey, this dataset contains 12,000 sample households selected in 26 chosen cities, with approximately 10,000 interviews having actually taken place in each.
Collection Mode
  • As part of its quality control procedures, ICPSR undertook a study using this data collection to determine whether it could replicate published figures from Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) publications. Based on study results of the analysis, ICPSR concluded that the BJS datasets accurately represent published figures. The replication study was done on the crime of robbery and used figures from the three publications identified in Appendix E of the documentation for this collection. Results of comparisons of dataset-derived estimates with published estimates are included in Appendix F.

    The survey was conducted by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 79 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 79 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (77 S-99-6020).
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (1984): National Crime Surveys: Cities, 1972-1975. Version 2. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.