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American Housing Survey, 1996: MSA Core and Supplement File (ICPSR 2369)

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This data collection provides information on the characteristics of the housing inventory in nine selected Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). Data include year the structure was built, type and number of living quarters, occupancy status, presence of commercial or medical establishments on the property, and property value. Additional data focus on kitchen and plumbing facilities, type of heating fuel used, source of water, sewage disposal, and heating and air conditioning equipment. Data concerned with housing quality describe the condition of the walls and floors, adequacy of heat in the winter, information on heating equipment breakdowns, availability of room electrical outlets, concealed wiring, and basement and roof water leakage. Data relating to housing expenses include mortgage or monthly rent payments, utility costs, and fuel and garbage collection fees. Information solicited from respondents who moved recently included the characteristics of the previous unit and reasons for moving. Other data indicate the presence of and objection to neighborhood conditions such as street noise, crime, litter, commercial activity, and institutional industrial activity, as well as the availability of public transportation, schools, shopping facilities, police, and hospitals. Information on condominiums covers amount and frequency of mortgage payment, amount of property insurance, real estate tax, utility costs, and condominium fees. In addition to housing characteristics, data for each household member are available on age, sex, race, marital status, income, and relationship to householder. Additional data on years of school completed, Spanish origin, length of residence, and tenure are provided for the householder. Income sources identified in the data include wages, rent, dividends, Social Security, unemployment and workmen's compensation, government and private pensions, and alimony and child support.

Series: American Housing Survey Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Atlanta, Georgia - Download All Files (13.6 MB)
DS2:  Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria, Ohio - Download All Files (13.3 MB)
DS3:  Hartford, Connecticut - Download All Files (13.2 MB)
DS4:  Indianapolis, Indiana - Download All Files (13.5 MB)
DS5:  Memphis, Tennessee-Arkansas-Mississippi - Download All Files (13.4 MB)
DS6:  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Download All Files (13.4 MB)
DS7:  Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington - Download All Files (13.6 MB)
DS8:  St. Louis, Missouri-Illinois - Download All Files (13.4 MB)
DS9:  Sacramento, California - Download All Files (12 MB)

Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. American Housing Survey, 1996: MSA Core and Supplement File. ICPSR02369-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02369.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   commuting (travel), energy assistance, energy conservation, energy consumption, home ownership, housing, housing conditions, housing costs, housing occupancy, housing units, income, metropolitan statistical areas, municipal services, neighborhood conditions, property insurance, property taxes, property values, relocation, rental housing, transportation, utility rates

Geographic Coverage:   Arkansas, Atlanta, Bellevue, California, Cleveland, Connecticut, Elyria, Everett, Georgia, Hartford, Illinois, Indiana, Indianapolis, Lorain, Memphis, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Seattle, St. Louis, Tennessee, United States, Washington

Time Period:  

  • 1996

Date of Collection:  

  • 1996

Universe:   All housing units in nine selected MSAs of the United States.

Data Types:   survey data


Sample:   Separate samples were drawn in nine selected MSAs. The samples were drawn from housing units enumerated in the 1980 Census and updated to include housing units constructed since 1980.

Data Source:

personal interviews


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File DOC2369.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-18 File CB2369.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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