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DATA

Census Data Sets at RDC

The Michigan Census Research Data Center (MCRDC) provides access to Census micro data for approved research projects (see proposal guidelines). These data sets are not a regular part of the Census Bureau data dissemination program. A detailed listing of available data sets is provided at the CES Data link which includes links to documentation and survey sponsors. Further information on the contents of the data sets listed can be found at the Census web page (www.census.gov). Researchers need to consult with a MCRDC Administrator on availability of particular data sets before writing research proposals.

Four groups of data sets are available:
Economic Data: Censuses and surveys of business establishments and firms. With very few exceptions, no public use files exist for these surveys.

Demographic Data: Censuses and surveys of households and individuals. These data are not public use files. Include complete geography (in many cases down to the block). Items such as income are not topcoded. Individual identifiers such as name, address, and social security numbers are not included.

Linked Business and Household Data

Public Health Data (Non-Census Data): The MCRDC now has access to data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  A detailed description of the NCHS data and how to gain access through the RDC can be found at www.cdc.gov/nchsDescriptions of the differences between NCHS RDC confidential data and public use versions of the data are given in this linked chart.  A summary of NCHS surveys and data systems can be found here.  A detailed description of AHRQ's MEPS-IC file and how to gain access through the RDC can be found on AHRQ's RDC web page.  An informative health related research discussion paper can be found here: Health Related Research Using Confidential U.S. Census Bureau Data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 


Economic Data

Database Name Survey Unit Frequency Time Periods Available Number of Observations Description Sponsor Sector
Annual Survey of Manufactures Establishment Annual 1973-05 55,000-70,000 per year Collects 5-digit product detail Bureau of the Census Business
 Business and Expenditures Survey Taxable Entity  Every 5 years 1992-1997 60,000 firms and EINs This is the predecessor of the Business Expenditures Survey(BES) and starting in 1997 can only be found under the BES.   Business
Auxiliary Establishment Establishment Every 5 years 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997 30,000-40,000 per year Auxiliary establishment geography, cost, and employment data Bureau of the Census Business
Business Expenditures Survey Establishment   1992, 1997 60,000 firms and EINs Formerly the Assets and Expenditures Survey(AES). Data collected on operating expenses - fringe benefits, fees, computer expenses, etc   Business
Census of Construction Industries Establishment Every 5 years 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997       Business
Census of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate Establishment   1992, 1997, 2002 656,000-696,0000 Census of establishments primarily engaged in transactions involving the creation, liquidataion, or change in ownership of financial assets   Business
Census of Manufactures Establishment   1963, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 300,000-350,000 per year Collects 7-digit product detail Bureau of the Census Business
Census of Mining Establishment Every 5 years 1987, 1992, 1997 25,000-35,000 Information about structure and function of mining sector.   Business
Census of Retail Trade Establishment Every 5 years 1977,1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002       Business
Census of Services Establishment Every 5 years 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002       Business
Census of Transportation, Communications, and Utilities Establishment Every 5 years 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 166,000-273,000 Information about the Transportation, Communications, and Utilities industries   Business
Census of Wholesale Trade Establishment Every 5 years 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002       Business
Characteristics of Business Owners Firms & their owners owners Every 5 years 1982, 1987, 1992 125,000 owners Owner demographics, firm economic performance Bureau of the Census Business
Commodity Flow Survey Shipment Record   1993, 1997 10 million shipments from 140,000 establishments Volume and weight of shipments between zip codes Department of Transportation Business
Compustat-SSEL Bridge Enterprise(firm)   2001 Over 115,000 firm year records The March 2001 Compustat file is linked to the 1981-2001 SSEL, providing firm level linkage.   Business
Enterprise Summary Report Establishment Every 5 years 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992 6,200-11,000 Large company statistics including number of establishments, employees, annual payroll, sales and receipts, and some financial characteristics   Business
Large Company Survey Firm Every 5 years 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992 6,000-7,000 per year Large firm geography, cost, and output data Bureau of the Census Business
Longitudinal Business Database Establishment Annual 1976-2001 24 million unique establishments All US business establishments with paid employees form 1976 to present   Business
Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey Establishment   1985, 1988, 1991, 1998, 2002 10,000+ (ASM subsample) Quantity, value of 15 fuel types; short run fuel switching capability Department of Energy Business
National Employer Survey Establishment   1994, 1996, 1997, 1998 1994: 3,000 establishments 1997: 5,500 establishments Employer practices and expectations concerning education and training, and wordforce quality. Department of Education Business
Owner Change Database Establishment Every 5 years 1963, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992 7,200-21,000 Tracks change in ownership of manufacturing establishments between consecutive census year.   Business
Quarterly Financial Report Firm Every 5 years

1982, 1987, 1992, 1997

15,000 per quarter Balance sheet and income statement data Bureau of the Census Business
Standard Statistical Establishment List Establishment Annual 1975-2004 ~7 million employers; ~17 million non-employers (1997) Business register - economic survey universe; underlies longitudinal links Bureau of the Census Business
Survey of Industrial Research and Development Firm Annual 1972-2003 2,000 firms per year Research and development expenditures Bureau of the Census Business
Survey of Manufacturing Technology Establishment   1988, 1991, 1993 10,000 Use of 17 advanced manufacturing technologies Bureau of the Census Business
Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization Establishment Annual 1974-1999 17,000 Current data on the rates of capacity utilization in U.S. manufacturing plants.   Business
Survey of Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures Establishment   1974-78, 1979-82,1984-86, 1988-94 19,000+ Operating and capital expenditures on pollution abatement Bureau of the Census Business


Demographic Data

Database Name Survey Unit Frequency Time Periods Available Number of Observations Description Sponsor
American Community Survey Household Annual 1996-2005 Varies by year; by 2003, 3 million households will be surveyed annually Annual updates of the social, economic, and housing characteristics of the population Bureau of the Census
American Housing Survey - Metropolitan Survey Household Biennial Even-numbered years; rotating sample of metropolitan areas Approx. 55,000 households in 41 metropolitan areas; each area surveyed every six years Characteristics of housing units and their occupants Department of Housing and Urban Development
American Housing Survey - National Household Biennial Odd-numbered years Approx. 55,000 households Characteristics of housing units and their occupants Department of Housing and Urban Development
CPS Annual Demographics Survey (March Supplement) Household Annual March 1967-2005 59,500 households Work experience, sources of income, migration, household composition, health insurance coverage, and receipt of noncash benefits Bureau of the Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Decennial Census Long Form Data Household   1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 One-in-six households Social, economic, and housing characteristics of the population Bureau of the Census
National Longitudinal Survey Household Annual Around 1966-1999 depending on specific subset Approximately 5,000 Contains state fips codes for various cohorts for each survey year. Adds geographic information to the public use file.  
Survey of Income and Program Participation Household Longitudinal panels    1984-1993, 1996, 2001 Sample sizes (by panel) range from 14,000 to 37,000 households Economic situation of households including source and amount of income, labor force information, program participation and eligibility, and general demographic characteristics Bureau of the Census
SIPP-SSA Files (MBR, SSR, MEF and 831 Files) Individual Annual 1984-1993, 1996, 2001   SIPP-SSA matched files: Master Beneficiary Record, Supplemental Security Record, Master Earnings File, and 831 Disability Files Bureau of the Census
Survey of Program Dynamics Household Annual interviews 1992-1993 SIPP panel households 1997:35,000 households 1998-2002: 18,500 households This survey follows former SIPP respondents to measure the effects of welfare reform Bureau of the Census

 

Linked Business and Household Data

Database Name Survey Unit Frequency Time Periods Available Number of Observations Description Sponsor
LEHD Employer Characteristics File (LEHD-ECF) Establishments, Companies and/or Enterprises Quarterly 1989-2004 Several million establishments from 31 states (as of 2007) Quarterly measures of payroll and monthly employment (LEHD Data Documentation) Bureau of the Census
LEHD Geocoded Address List (LEHD-GAL) Establishments, Companies and/or Enterprises Irregular 1990-2005 Varies by State Unique commercial and residential addresses in a state geocoded to the Census Block and latitude/longitude coordinates. Bureau of the Census
LEHD Employer Quarterly Workforce Indicators (LEHD-QWI) Establishments, Companies and/or Enterprises Quarterly 2004 Approximately 4 million establishments from more than 20 states Quarterly measures of workforce composition and worker turnover at the establishment level for selected states (LEHD Data Documentation) Bureau of the Census

 

Public Health Data (Non-Census Data)

Database Name Survey Unit Frequency Time Periods Available Number of Observations Description Sponsor
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey - Insurance Component(MEPS-IC) Establishment Annual 1996-2004 Approximately 25,000 establishments per year Data on employer-provided health insurance Bureau of the Census
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Household Annual 1969-2004 43,000 Households (approximately 100,000 people) Basic health and demographic, health conditions and utilization, health status, health care services, and behavior  
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) Household Annual Periodic 1971-74, 1976-80, 1988-94; Continuous beginning in 1999 7,000 individuals interviewed & 5,000 complete health exam component Health and nutritional status of adults and children, demographics, examinations, lab tests, & personal interviews  
National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) Individuals Continuous   12,000+ Family life, marriage and divorce, pregnancy, infertility, use of contraception, and men's and women's health  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   

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