Cross-Wave Geographic Information (Detail) [1992-2014]

This data set contains state-level geographic information for respondents interviewed in 1992 through 2014, matching the 2014 tracker file. It is released in conjunction with four other files, the public Respondent Region and Mobility file and the restricted Cross-Wave Geographic Information (State), Parent State, and Child ZIP Code files. These five files contain all restricted geographic information available for HRS respondents as of 2014. The files are keyed on Household ID (HHID) and Person number (PN).

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), and MBB (2010) 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

Product Type
Geographic Information
Entry Cohort Info
Latest Release December 2016 (v6.1)
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.

In previous versions of this data set, state values for STABORN and WHRLIV10 contained values for certain respondents that were coded in an inconsistent fashion. In the current version, the data and documentation have been made consistent.