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Group quarters type, historical


This variable is not available for any of the currently selected samples.


GQTYPE reports the type of group quarters in selected historical samples.

With this variable, users can distinguish between institutions and non-institutional group quarters, identify broad categories of institutions (e.g., mental institutions versus correctional institutions), and, for some years, isolate very specific types of group quarters (e.g., old soldiers home).

Comparability — General

The detail with which group quarters types are identified varies across samples.

The GQ variable identifies institutions in the modern samples that provide this information, but it does not classify them by type.


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  • Canada: 1891, 1911
  • United States: 1850a, 1850b, 1860, 1870, 1880a, 1880b, 1900, 1910