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Basic Geographic and Historic Data for Interfacing ICPSR Data Sets, 1620-1983 [United States]

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
  • Sechrist, Robert P.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
counties; FIPS; FIPS codes; geographic information systems; states (USA)
  • Abstract

    This data collection contains the basic information about all counties in the coterminous United States needed for mapping county-based data. It provides an interface between ICPSR datasets and the mapping programs SAS/GRAPH, SURFACE II, and SYMAP. Cloropleth and isopleth maps can be produced by match-merging this dataset with any other dataset (special facilities exist for ICPSR datasets) and running the merged data against a cartographic program. Isopleth mapping programs, using the latitude and longitude coordinates provided for each county seat, can produce maps of ICPSR data. Cloropleth mapping of county-level data can be accomplished after merging by running the merged dataset through SAS/GRAPH. The variables provide state Federal Information Processing (FIPS) codes, county FIPS codes, county names/county seat names, the month, day, and year in which each county was created, the latitude and longitude of county seats, as well as the ICPSR state and county codes.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1620 / 1983
    Time period: 1620--1983
Geographic Coverage
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • 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 (state)
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • United States
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsim
  • Wyoming
Sampled Universe
Smallest Geographic Unit: county
2012-11-06 SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files and a SAS transport (CPORT) file have been added to the collection. The codebook has been updated.
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 (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8159 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08159.v2
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    • ID: (URL)
  • Fishback, Price V., Horrace, William C., Kantor, Shawn. Do Federal Programs Affect Internal Migration? The Impact of New Deal Expenditures on Mobility During the Great Depression. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona. 2005.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Fishback, Price V., Horrace, William C., Kantor, Shawn. The Impact of New Deal Expenditures on Local Economic Activity: An Examination of Retail Sales, 1929-1939. NBER Working Paper Series.8108, Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. 2001.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

Sechrist, Robert P. (1984): Basic Geographic and Historic Data for Interfacing ICPSR Data Sets, 1620-1983 [United States]. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.