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Censuses of Population: 1980

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Census Data

Censuses of Population and Housing Publications

This page contains links to all of the historical census reports from 1790 to 2010, including Census of Housing reports). .Note: Not all titles are available within these online individual census reports series. Those titles indicated as not available can be searched using the Library of Congress Online Catalog to determine LC holdings: Direct links to the catalog records pertaining each decennial Census are included below.
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A Guide To Locating Selected U.S. Decennial And Economic Census Publications In The Library Of Congress

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Census Reference Publications
      Censuses of Population
            Census Data
            Specific Censuses
            State Censuses
      Economic Censuses
Census Search Strategies
Current Business Reports
Special Censuses
LC Catalog Searches

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1980 Census of Population. Volume 1: Characteristics of Population
LC Call Number: HA201 1980e
LC Catalog Record: 81607950

As of August 2013, many, but not all, volumes of this census are available online from the Bureau of the Census web site. Select the link for Vol. 1. Characteristics of Population under 1980 Census of Population under Census of Population and Housing to locate available files.

Census of Population and Housing (1980) Summary characteristics for governmental units and standard metropolitan statistical areas.
LC Call Number: HA201 1980i
LC Catalog Record: 81607959

1980 Census of Population and Housing. Block Statistics
LC Call Number: HA201 1980j
LC Catalog Record: 81607960

1980 Census of Housing: Volume 1: Characteristics of Housing Units.
LC Call Number: HD7293.C42 1982
LC Catalog Record: 81607958

1980 Census of Housing: Volume 2: Metropolitan Housing Characteristics.
LC Call Number: HD7293.C42 1981
LC Catalog Record: 81607957

1980 Census Of Housing: Volume 4: Components of Inventory Change.
LC Call Number: HD7293.C42 1983
LC Catalog Record: 81607953

1980 Census of Housing: volume 5: Residential Finance
LC Call Number: HD7293.C42 1983b
LC Catalog Record: 81607952

CensusCD 1980 in 2000 geographies [electronic resource].
E. Brunswick, NJ : GeoLytics, [2008?]. 1 CD-ROM : col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 user guide. Scales differ.
LC Catalog Record: 2012594266
LC Call Number: G3701.E25 2008 .C4 CD (Request in the Geography and Map Reading Room)

"Allows users to access US Census data from 1980 and easily compare it with the 2000 Census data. It is the first and only source of Census data from 1980 that is expressed at all of the 2000 Long Form geographies. The CensusCD 1980 in 2000 Boundaries contains both the 1980 Long Form (STF-3) and Short Form (STF-1) data sets. It includes detailed demographic data about topics such as population, household structure, income, poverty, education level, employment, housing costs, immigration, and other variables..."

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Census History

Decennial Census History

See the 1980 Overview Section for links to additional information about the 1980 census, including reports and statistics.

Measuring America : the decennial censuses from 1790 to 2000. Washington, DC : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau. : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., [2002]
Available online [PDF Format: 16.45 MB/ 149pp.]
LC Call Number: HA37.U55M376 2002
LC Catalog Record: 2002485403

Provides for each decennial census: the questionnaires and instructions, individual histories of the U.S. decennial censuses, census cost, sampling, publicity, availability of population schedules, and more. Information on the 1980 Census appears on page 139.

1980 Census of Population and Housing: History
LC Call Number: HA201 1980ac
LC Catalog Record: 86600030

Provides census history, questions asked on the 1980 Census, procedures, geographic coverage, data products generated and data limitations. It also has an index to the information.

Procedural Histories of the Decennial Census: 1950-1990
Also available for downloading: Procedural History for 1980. [ZIP 80MB]

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Catalogs, Guides, Indexes

Users' Guide, 1980 Census of Population and Housing
LC Call Number: HA201 1980b
LC Catalog Record: 82600138

Damon, Bonnie L. Guide to 1980 Census Data on the Elderly
LC Call Number: HB1545.G85 1986
LC Catalog Record: 85600294

Resource for locating census data on the older population. It has table finding guides and table outlines for assistance.

Farrington, Polly-Alida. Subject index to the 1980 census of population and housing.
LC Call Number: HA201 1980ab
LC Catalog Record: 85157459

This is a cross-tabulation subject index to tables found in the 1980 Census.

Guide to the 1980 U.S. Decennial Census Publications:
detailed abstracts and indexes from the American Statistics Index.

LC Call Number: HA37.U55G85 1986
LC Catalog Record: 88101373

Provides access to the 1980 Census reports available on microfiche from the American Statistics Index collection available in the LC Microform Reading Room.

Kaplan, Charles P. Census '80: Continuing the Factfinder Tradition
LC Call Number: HA201 1980.K36
LC Catalog Record: 80600007

Covers A-Z regarding the 1980 Census. Also has a number of data tables.

Making Sense of the Census: a users handbook for the 1980 Census.
LC Call Number: HA201 1980n
LC Catalog Record: 82245042

Provides information on the reports and other data from the 1980 Census.

Subject Index to Current Population Reports.
LC Call Number: HA203.A218 no. 109
LC Catalog Record: 81607089

An index to the subjects and reports in the P-20, P-23, and P-60 series.

Schulze, Suzanne. Population information in the Twentieth Century: 1950-1980.
LC Call Number: Z7164.D3546 1988
LC Catalog Record: 88017937

Third in the series providing subject access to decennial census publications from 1950 to 1980 and include LC call numbers, LC Catalog Records and subject access to tables in the census reports.

Finder's Guide To Block Statistics Reports
LC Call Number: HA201 1980j
LC Catalog Record: 81607960

Provides the name of geographic area and report number for this series of block data statistics.

Census Maps: 1980

1980 population, urban and rural, United States
LC Call Number: G3701.E2 1980.U51
LC Catalog Record: 87691541

Census Tracts: 1980

1980 Census of Population and Housing. Census Tracts.
LC Call Number: HA201 1980h
LC Catalog Record: 81607944

Index to 1980 Census Tracts: U.S. Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. 1980
Census of Population and Housing. Census Tracts. "U.S. Summary" Volume 1. Census Publication # PHC80-2-1, January 1984.
LC Call Number: HA201 1980h
LC Catalog Record : 81607944

This is a finder's guide to the 1980 census tracts. It also gives information on census tracts' history and includes a chart entitled "Availability of Census Tract Data By Area: 1910, 1920, and 1930 Censuses. " See also page 6 of the folder, "How To Locate Census Tracts in the Library of Congress," [PDF format: 786KB/17pp.] also available at the Business Reference Desk in the Science and Business Reading Room of the Library of Congress.

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