Status:Closed    Asked:Jul 23, 2018 - 06:57 AM

Do "pwmetro" categories change since IPUMS version 5.0?

I am trying to calculate the size of workforce and the average education level of MSAs where people work( I use the "pwmetro" item, but if "pwmetro" is missing I use "metarea" MSAs) , but I couldn't obtain same results with previous paper and current "pwmetro“ MSA categories are also different. The original paper is "Employee quality and financial reporting outcomes, by Call et al 2017) and it used the IPUMS version 5.0 data.I am wondering where I can find the previous versions of IPUMS database? Thank you!

Do you have the same question? Follow this Question

Staff Answer


Jeff Bloem


In general, you can request to gain access to the archived versions of IPUMS USA by emailing

Specifically in regard to changes to PWMETRO, I am not aware of any changes that will influence results when using version 5.0 rather than version 7.0 of IPUMS USA. You can always check the list of revisions and substantial edits to IPUMS USA data by viewing the revisions page.


Jul 23, 2018 - 02:33 PM

Report it


IPUMS previous versions and release dates
why pwmetro metarea categories different?
Construct PWMETRO for 2012-onward ACS using PWPUMA00
why the MSA Hattiesburg, MS coded as 3300 in pwmetro and 3285 in metarea
Login   |   Register

Recently Active Members

View More »

Share |