Census by Zip Code: 1990 Census of Population, Summary Tape File (STF) 3B: Census by Zip Code
1. What is it?
A set of statistical CD-ROMs, containing data from the U.S. 1990 Census of Population and Housing, arranged by Zip Code. This set contains what is called "sample data," meaning that the information is based on the fifteen percent of households who received the census "long form".
There is information about people, families, households and housing units, all arranged by Zip Code.
There is data on such topics as ancestry, language, place of work, means of transportation, educational attainment, income, number of bedrooms, rent, and plumbing facilities. The information is stored on three separate CD-ROMs.
The discs contain:
Volume 1 ZIP codes beginning with 0, 1, 2, 3
Volume 2 ZIP codes beginning with 4, 5, 6
Volume 3 ZIP codes beginning with 7, 8, 9
2. Who produces it?
U.S. Commerce Department, Census Bureau.
3. Are there guides to using it?
4. Is it updated?
Additional data from the 1990 census has been released on CD and in paper.
5. Can the CD-ROM be checked out?
6. Sudoc number (discs' call number in Calvin T. Ryan Library):
C 3. 282/2: CD 90-3 B-01; 02; and 03.
7. Is there a paper equivalent in Calvin T. Ryan Library?
See C 3. 223/23: 990 CPH-5-(numbers)
The format is similar to the Census STF3A CD-ROMs. Select a state and press Enter.
Type in a Zip Code, or press Enter for a list. Once you have arrived at a particular Zip Code, you can press Enter with the cursor on "General Profiles", or move the cursor to some specific subject, such as data by race, by age, etc.
If you aren't sure where your subject will appear in the list, type K. This will bring up an alphabetical list of keywords to choose from. For example, this would allow you to find all the tables that include the word "veteran."
If you select "General Profiles" you will have a choice of four profiles:
Social Characteristics Labor Force and Commuting
Income and Poverty Housing Characteristics.
If you choose any category other than "General Profiles", you can press B to "Browse", that is, to compare information of the same type from places at the same geographical level.
None available on screen.
If you want to print the data on the screen, press Enter when the cursor is over "Complete Table for This Area" If you want to print what you saw under Browse, move the cursor to "Single Item for Several Areas" and press Enter. Move cursor to "Print table to printer." Press Enter.
To copy in screen format:
Place a portable storage device in drive. When you arrive at the data you want to copy, press P. If you want to copy the data on the screen, press Enter when the cursor is over "Complete Table for This Area"
If you want to print what you saw under Browse, move the cursor to "Single Item for Several Areas" and press Enter.
Press Enter with cursor over "Print table to file." 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 End. Type Y.
Courtesy of Robert Lopresti, Wilson Library, Western Wash. Univ., Bellingham, WA; 12/93
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