Data Dictionary: Census 1980
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Survey: Census 1980
Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau and Social Explorer
Table: T117. Sex By Veteran Status [7]
Universe: Civilian Persons 16 Years And Over
Table Details
T117. Sex By Veteran Status
Universe: Civilian Persons 16 Years And Over
Variable Label
T117_001
T117_002
T117_003
T117_004
T117_005
T117_006
T117_007
Relevant Documentation:
Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; Census of Population and Housing, 1980: Summary Tape File 3 [machine-readable data file] / conducted By the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Washington: Bureau of the Census [producer and distributor], 1982.
 
Sex
Ascertained on a complete-count basis.

Historical comparability
A question on the sex of individuals has been asked of the total population in every census.

Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; Census of Population and Housing, 1980: Summary Tape File 3 [machine-readable data file] / conducted By the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Washington: Bureau of the Census [producer and distributor], 1982.
 
Veteran Status and Period of Service
All civilians 16 years and over are classified on the basis of whether they have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, regardless of whether their service was in war or peacetime. This item was asked on a sample basis. (The question was also asked of 15-year-olds and of persons currently in the Armed Forces, but these groups are excluded from the universe of tabulations.)

Veteran
A person who has served but is not currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States.

Nonveteran
Any other civilian, i.e., a person who has never served in the Armed Forces of the United States.

While the question on period of service allowed responses for more than one time period, these data are tabulated in terms of mutually exclusive categories. If persons served during both wartime and peacetime, they are classified according to the most recent wartime period of service.

  • May 1975 or later
  • Vietnam era only
  • February 1955 to July 1964 only
  • Vietnam era and Korean conflict
  • Korean conflict only
  • Korean conflict and World War II
  • World War II
  • World War I
  • Other service

Responses to period of service were edited by computer for consistency with age.

Historical comparability
Questions providing detailed data on veteran status have been asked since 1960. For 1980, the questions on veteran status and period of service are designed, for the first time, to include women as well as men. The 1970 counterpart item was asked only of men and identified two fewer periods of service.