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MCDSTR
Minor Civil Division, alphabetic string

Description

MCDSTR provides the original alphabetic string for minor civil division. Minor civil divisions are the principal independent political divisions at the sub-county level. Historically, the most common example of a minor civil division is the township, but they have a variety of state-specific descriptive terms, including town, precinct, beat, and district.

A separate variable, MCD, assigns numeric codes to minor civil divisions. MCD relies on a historically modified version of the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) naming scheme.

MCDSTR generally must be used in combination with one of the state variables (STATEICP or STATEFIP) and the COUNTY variable.

For the 1940 1% sample, STDMCD also contains string entries for minor civil division. For most users, STDMCD is likely to be more useful than MCDSTR because the strings have been cleaned and standardized for consistency.

Codes

This variable is available only in the 1880 10%, the 1880 100%, the 1900 5%, the 1930 1%, the 1930 5%, and the 1940 1% files. MCDSTR is a 49-character alphabetic string variable which reports the respondent's original unedited entry for minor civil division of residence. The constructed numerical version, MCD

Comparability

MCDSTR is available only in the 1880 10%, the 1880 100%, the 1900 5%, the 1930 1%, the 1930 5%, and the 1940 1% files. MCD, the numerically coded version of MCDSTR, is available in all 1850-1930 samples, except for the 1850, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 100% files or the 1940 1% file.

Universe

  • All households and group quarters. This variable is available in the 1880 100% population database and 10% sample, the 1900 5% sample, the 1930 1% and 5% samples and the 1940 1% sample.

Availability

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Editing Procedure

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