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ZA8682: Population and Population Movement on the Territory of Today´s North Rhine-Westfalia, 1850 bis 1970

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  • ZA8682_Quellen_Anmerkungen.pdf (Report) 3 MBytes
  • ZA8682_sb.pdf (Study Description) 64 KBytes
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Bevölkerung und Bevölkerungsbewegung auf dem Gebiet des heutigen NRW, 1850 bis 1970.
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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation Klaudat, Harald (2018): Population and Population Movement on the Territory of Today´s North Rhine-Westfalia, 1850 bis 1970. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA8682 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA8682
TitlePopulation and Population Movement on the Territory of Today´s North Rhine-Westfalia, 1850 bis 1970
Current Version1.0.0, 2018-6-22,
Date of Collection01.01.1850 - 31.12.1970
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Klaudat, Harald - Landesamt für Datenverarbeitung und Statistik Nordrhein-Westfalen


AbstractThe contents of the present study at hand are data on the population of the territory of North Rhine-Westfalia and its government district, counties and urban counties, and the district-free cities as well for the period of the beginning of the official statistics in 1871 until to 1970 or 1980. The German Land North Rhine-Westfalia was founded in 1946. The particular value of this data compilation is the part of the data report for the North Rhine-Westphalian territory which includes the period of the German Empire and therefore the time period before the existence of this German Country. However, the counties and urban counties and communities of North Rhine-Westphalia exists already since the beginning of the 19th century and earlier (most of them since 1800), and have a history of about 200 years. Therefore, the use of historical documents and official historical statistics of these communities and counties allow the report of continuous and regional differentiated historical development of the North Rhine-Westphalian territory. The author Harald Klaudat used the historical demarcations of the counties and municipalities and their changes in the course of the history to develop an exact retrospective statistical history of population and workforce development for the period from 1871 until 1970 and partly until 1980. The author created with this comprehensive data manual the option of linking long historical time series with results of census data of the present. Due to the extensive area changes in the period of 120 years covered, the comments are of particular importance. Because of the considerable scope of the study description, the comments, above all on the changes to the territorial boundaries, are attached as downloadable PDF-document. An indication of additional studies: Further studies on the North Rhine-Westphalian population´s religious affiliation, Population in households by household size, and the population´s workforce by economical sectors will be processed and offered via histat for the download. The already published data study za8681 with the title ´Historical Development of district-free cities and counties and their population´ focus on the historical development of the territory of the regions (period of existence, assignment of territories). The data of the study at hand (ZA8682) are offered via histat under the topic ´Population´ (=Bevölkerung). The compilation refers to the following governmental districts and their counties, urban counties and district-free (independent) cities: 01 Regierungsbezirk (=governmental district) Aachen 02 Regierungsbezirk (=governmental district) Arnsberg 03 Regierungsbezirk (=governmental district) Duesseldorf 04 Regierungsbezirk (=governmental district) Cologne 05 Regierungsbezirk (=governmental district) Minden and Detmold respectively 06 Regierungsbezirk (=governmental district) Muenster 07 General territory or North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) respectively. The following issues are statistically reported for each governmental district and its territorial subcategorization: A. Territory and Population B. Population by Age Groups C. Population by Age Groups and by Gender D. Population Movement (marriages, births, deaths) E. Population by Family Status and by Gender
Categories Categories
  • Historical Studies Data
Topics Topics
  • 2 Demography and population
  • 2.1 Fertility
  • 2.4 Censuses


Geographic Coverage
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (DE-NW), Northrhine Westfalia and its Districts
Date of Collection
  • 01.01.1850 - 31.12.1970

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2018-6-22
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

Number of Units: 6587 Zeitreihen/ 120 Zeitpunkte (Jahre)
Number of Variables: 6587 Zeitreihen / 120 Zeitpunkte (Jahre)
Analysis System(s): Excel


  • Harald Klaudat (1999), Bevölkerung und Erwerbstätigkeit 1850-1970. Eine historische Statistik für die kreisfreien Städte und Kreise und deren Vorgänger im Gebiet von Nordrhein-Westfalen. Herausgegeben vom Landesamt für Datenverarbeitung und Statistik Nordrhein-Westfalen. Düsseldorf.
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