Cross-Wave Geographic Information (Detail) [1992-2020]

This data set contains detailed geographic information for respondents in the 2020 Tracker file who were interviewed in 1992 through 2020 and for whom address data elements are available. It is released in conjunction with the restricted Cross-Wave Geographic Information (State), Respondent Region and Mobility (public), Parent State (restricted) and Child ZIP Code (restricted). These five products contain all restricted geographic information available for HRS respondents as of 2020.

This version of the Cross-Wave Geographic Information (Detail) data set is organized into two sections: Section A contains baseline interview information including State/Country of Birth and Where Live at Age 10 and is keyed on HHID, PN. Section B is keyed on HHID, PN, YEAR. For each respondent-interview year it contains:

  • State identifier (USPS and FIPS)
  • County identifier (name and FIPS code)
  • ZIP Code
  • Census Tract linkage information for 1990, 2000 and 2010
  • Beale Urban-Rural Continuum for 1993, 2003 and 2013

For HRS Wave 1 (1992), AHEAD Wave 1 (1993), and CODA/War Baby (1998), EBB (2004), MBB (2010) and LBB (2016) respondents, geographic identifiers reflect residence of respondent as recorded in the administrative database at baseline. For all other waves, geographic identifiers are based on the ISR administrative record of where the interview was conducted. This location was not necessarily the respondent's legal address.

Product Details

43558 (Section A), 343464 (Section B)
Product Type
Geographic Information
Entry Cohort Info
Latest Release April 2023 (v9.0)
Documentation and Links

The geographic information contained in these datasets is not included in any HRS public file and may not be merged with any other Restricted Data Set without the explicit written permission of HRS.