Census PL 94-171: 1990 Census of Population and Housing, Public Law 94-171 (Voting District) Data
1. What is it?
- A set of statistical CD-ROMs, containing data from the 1990 Census of Population and Housing. This set has been superseded for all information except by voting district. The set takes its name from the public law that requires the Census Bureau to make basic data available for state redistricting of congressional districts. Data includes the number of people by state, county, municipality, voting district, etc., down to the block level; with racial and voting age breakdowns. (For more detail, see the Census STF1A, STF3A, and Block Statistics CD-ROMs.)
- The information is stored on 10 separate CD-ROMs, which are named for the first state, alphabetically, appearing on the disk.
C 3. 281:
- AL 1b/990/CD/corr.: Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon.
- AL 1s/990/CD: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, S. Carolina,Washington, West Virginia.
- Ar 4i/990/CD: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Wisconsin.
- Ar 4k/990/CD/corr.: Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Dakota, Wyoming.
- C 12/990/CD: California, New York.
- C 76/990/CD: Connecticut, Dist. of Columbia, Maryland, N. Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island.
- F 66/990/CD: Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Tennessee, Utah.
- H 31/990/CD: Hawaii, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Texas.
- Io 9/990/CD: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Pennsylvania.
- N 42j/990/CD: New Jersey, Vermont, Virginia.
2. Who produces it?
U.S. Commerce Department, Census Bureau.
3. Are there guides to using it?
- There is no technical documentation manual.
4. Is it updated?
- Additional data from the 1990 Census has been released since these discs were issued. See STF1A and STF3A especially.
See also 2000 PL 94-171 data in American Factfinder at: http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/DatasetMainPageServlet?_lang=en
5. Can the CD-ROM's be checked out?
6. Sudoc number (discs' call number in Calvin T. Ryan Library):
- C 3. 281: (letters/numbers, as above)
7. Is there a paper equivalent in Calvin T. Ryan Library?
- Census tract and block numbering area data for cities is available in paper. See C 3. 223/11: 1990 CPH-3-(nos.) For earlier censuses, see Documents Department.
The format is similar to the Census STF1A CD-ROMs.
- Select a state. Select a geographical division. For many users "Place" is the best choice. Technical manuals by the computer define the various geographical terms. Printed tract maps are available for Nebraska only. Block maps are available for Buffalo County, Nebr. only.
- Once you have arrived at the numerical data you can press B to "Browse", that is, to compare data with other places at the same geographical level.
- None available on screen.
- Press P. Move cursor to Printer. Press Enter twice.
- To copy in Census PL94-171 format:
- Place portable storage device in drive.
- When you arrive at the data you want to copy, press P. Press Enter.
- When the screen says File Name C:\ erase the C:\ and type (drive letter):\smith, where smith is the name you give the file. Press Enter.
- To copy as data:
- Place a portable storage device in drive.
- When you arrive at the data you want to copy, press C.
- Follow directions on the screen.
- Press Esc until the menu appears.
Courtesy of Robert Lopresti, Wilson Library, Western Wash. Univ., Bellingham, WA; 11/92
Diana J. Keith
Government Documents Librarian
Government Documents Department
Calvin T. Ryan Library
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849-2240
Revised June, 2009