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County and City Data Book 1994 Compact Disk (CD)
1. What is it?
- The County and City Data Book, 1994 is a compilation of statistics for the United States, groups of states, counties (220 data items for each), cities above 25,000 in population (194 data items), and places over 2,500 population (9 data items).
2. Who produces it?
- U. S. Dept. of Commerce. Bureau of the Census.
3. Are there guides to using it?
- Technical documentation is available on the disc. See "Help", below.
4. Is is updated?
- This edition, published in May, 1995, was the first to be issued on compact disc. A second CD was issued for the 2000 edition.
- Paper editions have been issued every six years. See *C 3. 134/2: C 83/2/(year), Documents Reference Collection. The newest is the 2007 edition.
- It is also online at: http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS29932
5. Can the CD-ROM be checked out?
- Yes. Older paper editions may be checked out (see 7., below).
6. Sudoc number (disc's call number in Calvin T. Ryan Library):
- C 3. 134/2-1: 994
7. Is there a paper equivalent in Calvin T. Ryan Library?
- Yes, *C 3. 134/2: C 83/2/(year) (Documents Reference Collection). Older editions under same call number in main documents collection.
- Select the geographical area: U. S.; states; state groups; counties; cities; or places.
- If you want county, city, or place data, select this option and then a state. You may then choose the total for the state, or by the name of the county, city, or place. Type the first letter of the desired location and menu will jump to this location in the list.
- Once you have selected a geographical area, a menu presents subjects from which to choose. Press Enter key to select the desired table.
- Subjects for the U. S., regions, states, and counties: area, population, race, age, households, vital statistics, health care, social programs, crime, education, income, poverty, housing, building permits, labor force, agriculture, manufactures, wholesale and retail trade, service industries, government employment, local government finances, elections.
- Subjects for cities over 25,000 population: population, race, sex, number of households, vital statistics, health care, housing, educational attainment, income, poverty, crime, building permits, journey to work, labor force, manufactures, wholesale and retail trade, service industries, city government expenditures, and climate.
- Subjects for places over 2,500: population, race, age, sex, households, housing, educational attainment, income, poverty, civilian employment.
Other menu selections once a table has been selected:
- To "Browse" a subject means to look at the same figure for other locations. Select the subject you wish and press "b". A window will open with an alphabetical list of towns/counties, etc. and the data you selected. This is an easy way to compare the same figure for several locations.
- "L" = legends; explanations of abbreviations used when data is not available
- "G" = geography; select this to choose a new geographical area
- Technical documentation is on the disc. Press F1 key. It includes an introduction and information about the data files. A special selection in the technical documentation, "Selected Rankings" gives information by subject for the top 25 counties in the U. S., the highest ranking county in each state, and for cities over 200,000 population.
- Press "P". Select "print to a printer". Press Enter.
- Press "C" for copy.
- Select the geographic areas in the box at upper right. Press Enter to select the ones you want. Press "U" to "unselect" areas if you change your mind.
- Then press "C" for "copy selected" and from the next menu select desired file type: ASCII, dBASE, Lotus.
- Next "Name of file" appears; change the drive to the one with your portable storage device and give the file a name. Press enter.
- Press "End" key.
- Type "y".
Format courtesy of Robert Lopresti, Wilson Library, Western Wash. Univ., Bellingham, WA
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