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CondensedBirth.csv
CondensedBirth2.csv
CondensedBirth3.csv
CondensedBirth4.csv
README.md
allBirthData.csv
birthData.csv
countyNames.csv
jsBirthData.csv
stateAvg0315.txt
stateCountyNames.csv
stateData.csv
stateNames.csv

README.md

More information, including the R code involved in downloading, cleaning and parsing this raw data is available in other parts of this repository (see RCode)

birthData.csv

  • What is this?: Data representing the births of babies in the US from 1968 - 2002.
  • Data Collection Method: Downloaded data from the National Bureau for Economic Research. They obtained the data through the National Center for Health Statistics' National Vital Statistics System (available here). Data were downloaded on April 5, 2017.
  • Observations: Each row represents the aggregate number of births within a county for a specific month and year.
  • Variables:
    • State : The state (including District of Columbia) where the mother lives (states are listed as numbers in alphabetical order such that Alabama is 1 and Wyoming is 51)
    • County : The county where the mother lives (written using the NCHS county code system)
    • Month : The month that the birth took place (1 is January and 12 is December)
    • Year : Year of the birth, obtained from the year of the data file itself
    • countyBirths : The calculated sum of births that occurred to mothers living in a county for a given month (if the sum was less than 9, the sum is listed as NA as per NCHS reporting guidelines)
    • stateBirths : The calculated sum of births that occurred to mothers living in a state for a given month (includes all birth counts, including those from counties with fewer than 9 births in a month)
    • FIPSCounty : The county code used by the Federal Information Processing Standards. This is the code used in more recent data processing tools (like the CDC's WONDER tool).
  • Other Notes: Since this story is focused on events that may impact births within the US, any non-US residents have been removed from the sample.

allBirthData.csv

  • What is this?: Data representing the births of babies in the US from 1968 - 2015. It includes data from the above file (birthData.csv) and from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's WONDER tool.
  • Data Collection Method: Data from 1968 - 2002 were downloaded from the National Bureau for Economic Research. They obtained the data through the National Center for Health Statistics' National Vital Statistics System (available here). Data from 2003 - 2015 were downloaded using the Year, Month, State, and County aggregators from the CDC's WONDER tool. All data were downloaded on April 5, 2017.
  • Observations: Each row represents the aggregate number of births within a county for a specific month and year.
  • Variables:
    • State : The state (including District of Columbia) where the mother lives (states are listed as numbers in alphabetical order such that Alabama is 1 and Wyoming is 51)
    • County : The county where the mother lives (FIPS County Code)
    • Month : The month that the birth took place (1 is January and 12 is December)
    • Year : Year of the birth, obtained from the year of the data file itself
    • countyBirths : The calculated sum of births that occurred to mothers living in a county for a given month (if the sum was less than 9, the sum is listed as NA as per NCHS reporting guidelines)
    • stateBirths : The calculated sum of births that occurred to mothers living in a state for a given month (includes all birth counts, including those from counties with fewer than 9 births in a month)
  • Other Notes: Since this story is focused on events that may impact births within the US, any non-US residents have been removed from the sample.

jsBirthData.csv

  • What is this?: This is the exact same data as allBirthData.csv but the month information is formatted for JavaScript use. Data representing the births of babies in the US from 1968 - 2015. It includes data from the above file (birthData.csv) and from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's WONDER tool.
  • Data Collection Method: Data from 1968 - 2002 were downloaded from the National Bureau for Economic Research. They obtained the data through the National Center for Health Statistics' National Vital Statistics System (available here). Data from 2003 - 2015 were downloaded using the Year, Month, State, and County aggregators from the CDC's WONDER tool. All data were downloaded on April 5, 2017.
  • Observations: Each row represents the aggregate number of births within a county for a specific month and year.
  • Variables:
    • State : The state (including District of Columbia) where the mother lives (states are listed as numbers in alphabetical order such that Alabama is 1 and Wyoming is 51)
    • County : The county where the mother lives (FIPS County Code)
    • countyBirths : The calculated sum of births that occurred to mothers living in a county for a given month (if the sum was less than 9, the sum is listed as NA as per NCHS reporting guidelines)
    • stateBirths : The calculated sum of births that occurred to mothers living in a state for a given month (includes all birth counts, including those from counties with fewer than 9 births in a month)
    • monthYear : The month and year of birth (written as %m-%Y, and 1-indexed such that January = 1 and December = 12)
  • Other Notes: Since this story is focused on events that may impact births within the US, any non-US residents have been removed from the sample.