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Dr. Amy Kate Bailey and Dr. Allison Suppan Helmuth (Rice University)’s data set: National ZIP Code Crosswalk, 1990 – 2020 goes live!

Dataset with UIC PhD alumna Allison Suppan Helmuth, National ZIP Code Crosswalk, 1990 - 2020, is now available via OpenICPSR

National ZIP Code Crosswalk, 1990 - 2020, is available via OpenICPSR

Project Description
This data set identifies changes in ZIP Code boundaries between 1990 and 2020, and provides numeric codes that cluster the ZIP Codes into the smallest geographic unit, or group of ZIP Codes, that are consistent across a decade: 1990 – 2000, 2000 – 2010, and 2010 – 2020. This “crosswalk” covers the contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia. Since much administrative data is available with ZIP Code as the smallest identifiable geography, ZIP Codes are often used to embed observations from administrative data (patients, businesses, survey respondents, etc.) within their social, demographic, and economic contexts. However, ZIP Code boundaries change over time, resulting in measurement error (matching observations to the wrong contextual unit) or missing data (due to an observation reporting a ZIP Code that did not exist at the beginning of the observational period). These data were collected, and the crosswalk created, in an attempt to resolve these data quality issues.

Funding Sources:
View help for Funding Sources United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (P2C HD042828); Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology at the University of Washington; University of Illinois at Chicago's Office of Social Science Research; Utah Agricultural Experiment Station (UTA01060)