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STDCNTY
Standardized county, alphabetic string

Description

STDCNTY is a string variable indicating county name.

STDCNTY only exists in the 1940 1% sample. The original geographic strings that were entered for 1940 are often inconsistent and sometimes unclear as to which places they are specifying. Standardized geographic place names were created for consistency using an auxiliary dictionary of 1940 census geography compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). NARA created this dictionary when they digitized original enumeration sheets from the 1940 census. The standardized geography string variables included in the1940 file are: STDCNTY, STDTRACT, STDWARD, STDED, STDCITY and STDMCD. These standardized string variables also correspond to the published population reports from the 1940 census.
 
Another variable, CNTYSTR, contains the original "as entered" alphabetic string for county. Most users will find STDCNTY more useful because it contains strings that are uniform for each county.

Codes

This variable is only available in the 1940 1% file. STDCNTY is a 25-character alphabetic string variable which reports the respondent's county of residence. CNTYSTR contains the alphabetic string entries for county of residence "as entered", however STDCNTY differs since its alphabetic strings have been cleaned and standardized for consistency using an auxiliary dictionary of 1940 census geography compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). NARA created this dictionary when they digitized original enumeration sheets from the 1940 census. STDCNTY specific variable codes for missing, edited, or unidentified observations, observations not applicable (N/A), observations not in universe (NIU), top and bottom value coding, etc. are provided below if applicable by Census year (and data sample if specified).

STDCNTY Specific Variable Codes

Comparability

STDCNTY is available only in the 1940 1% file.

Universe

  • All households and group quarters.

Availability

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Flags

This variable has no flags.

Editing Procedure

There is no editing procedure available for this variable.