Data Dictionary: Census 1990
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Survey: Census 1990
Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Survey Details
Census 1990

The Decennial Census occurs every 10 years, in years ending in zero, to count the population and housing units for the entire United States. Its primary purpose is to provide the population counts that determine how seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are apportioned.

Census 1990 survey was conducted using two forms, the Short Form and the Long Form:

The Short Form - 100-percent characteristics: A limited number of questions were asked of every person and housing unit in the United States.

The Long Form - sample characteristics: Additional questions were asked of a sample of persons and housing units (generally 1 in 6 households).

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Datasets
Social Explorer custom tables from Census 1990 Summary Tape File 1 and Summary Tape File 3
Summary Tape File 1 (STF 1) contains 100% data on age, race, sex, marital status, Hispanic origin, household type and relationship, occupancy/vacancy status, tenure, units in structure, contract rent, meals included in rent, value, and number of rooms.
Summary Tape File 3 (STF 3) contains sample data weighted to represent total population for 34 population items and 27 housing items and 100-percent counts and unweighted sample counts for total persons and total housing units.
Documentation
Summary Tape File 1
Social Explorer, U.S. Census Bureau; Census of Population and Housing, 1990: Summary Tape File 1 on CD-ROM [machine-readable data files] / prepared by the Bureau of the Census. Washington: The Bureau [producer and distributor], 1991.
Summary Tape File 3
Social Explorer, U.S. Census Bureau; Census of Population and Housing, 1990: Summary Tape File 3 on CD-ROM [machine-readable data files] / prepared by the Bureau of the Census. Washington: The Bureau [producer and distributor], 1991.