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Index of Questions

1980 (Population)

The following information, listed by questions number, was collected from each respondent:


The following questions were asked of all respondents:

  1. Name
  2. Relationship to first person listed on the questionnaire
  3. Sex
  4. Race
    1. Age at last birthday
    2. Month of birth
    3. Year of birth
  5. Marital status
  6. Is this person of Spanish/Hispanic origin or descent
  7. Since February 1, 1980, has this person attended regular school or college?
  8. What is the highest grade (or year) of regular school this person has ever attended?
  9. Did this person finish the highest grade (or year) attended?

The following questions were asked of a sample of respondents:

  1. In what state or foreign country was the person born?
  2. If this person was born in a foreign country...
    1. Is this person a naturalized citizen of the United States?
    2. When did this person come the the United States to stay?
    1. Does this person speak a language other than English at home?
    2. If yes, what is this language?
    3. If yes, how well does this person speak English?
  3. What is this person's ancestry?
    1. Did this person live in this house five years ago?
    2. If no, where did this person live five years ago?
  4. When was this person born?
    • Before April 1965 (continue with questions 17 - 33)
    • April 1965 or later (answer no more questions)
  5. In April 1975 was this person-
    1. On active duty in the Armed Forces?
    2. Attending college?
    3. Working at a job or business? If yes, full time or part time?
    1. Is this person a veteran of active-duty military service in the Armed Forces of the United States?
    2. Was active duty military service during-
      • May 1975 or later
      • Vietnam era (August 1964 - April 1975)
      • February 1955 - July 1964
      • Korean conflict (June 1950 - January 1955)
      • World War II (September 1940 - July 1947)
      • World War I (April 1917 - November 1918)
      • Any other time
  6. Does this person have a physical, mental, or other health condition which has lasted for 6 or more months and which...
    1. Limits the kind or amount of work this person can do at a job?
    2. Prevents this person from working at a job?
    3. Limits or prevents this person from using public transportation?
  7. If this person is a female, how many babies has she ever had, not counting stillbirths?
  8. If this person has ever been married-
    1. Has this person been married more than once?
    2. Month and year of marriage or first marriage
    3. If married more than once, did the first marriage end because of the death of the husband (or wife)?
    1. Did this person work at any time last week?
    2. How many hours did this person work last week (at all jobs)?
  9. At what location did this person work last week?
    1. Address
    2. Name of city, town, village, or borough
    3. Is the place inside the incorporated (legal) limits of that city, town, village, or borough?
    4. County
    5. State
    6. ZIP Code
    1. Last week, how long did it usually take this person to get from home to work (one way)?
    2. How did this person usually get to work last week?
      • Car
      • Truck
      • Van
      • Bus or streetcar
      • Railroad
      • Subway or elevated
      • Taxicab
      • Motorcycle
      • Bicycle
      • Walked only
      • Worked at home
      • Other
    3. If the person uses a car, truck, or van- when going to work last week, did this person usually...
      • Drive alone
      • Share driving
      • Dive others only
      • Ride as a passenger only
    4. If the person does not drive alone- how many people, including this person, usually rode to work in the car, truck, or van last week?
  10. If this person was not at work last week, was this person temporarily absent or on layoff from a job or business last week?
    1. Has this person been looking for work during the last four weeks?
    2. If yes, could this person have taken a job last week?
  11. When did this person last work, even for a few days?
  12. Industry
    1. From whom did this person work?
    2. What kind of business or industry was this?
    3. Is this job mainly...
      • Manufacturing
      • Wholesale trade
      • Retail trade
      • Other
  13. Occupation
    1. What kind of work was this person doing?
    2. What were this person's most important activities or duties?
  14. Was this person-
    • Employee of a private company, business, or individual, for wages, salary, or commissions
    • Federal government employee
    • State government employee
    • Local government employee
    • Self-employed in own business
      • Own business not incorporated
      • Own business incorporated
    • Working without pay in family business or farm
    1. Last year (1979), did this person work, even for a few days, at a paid job or in a business or farm?
    2. If yes, how many weeks did this person work in 1979?
    3. During the weeks worked in 1979, how many hours did this person usually work each week?
    4. Of the weeks not worked in 1979 (if any), how many weeks was this person looking for work or on layoff from a job?
  15. Income in 1979 from...
    1. Wages, salary, commissions, bonuses, or tips from all jobs
    2. Own non-farm business, partnership, or professional practice
    3. Own farm
    4. Interest, dividends, royalties, or net rental income
    5. Social Security or Railroad Retirement
    6. Supplemental Security (SSI), Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), or other public assistance or public welfare payments
    7. Unemployment compensation, veterans' payments, pensions, alimony, child support, or any other sources of income received regularly
  16. What was this person's total income from 1979?

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: October 22, 2012