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Annual Housing Survey, 1980 [United States]: SMSA Files (ICPSR 8257)

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This data collection provides information on the characteristics of the housing inventory in 15 Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs). Data include year the structure was built, type and number of living quarters, occupancy status, presence of commercial establishments on the property, presence of a garage, 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. Information about housing expenses includes mortgage or rent payments, utility costs, garbage collection fees, property insurance, real estate taxes, and repairs, additions, or alterations to the property. Similar data are provided for housing units previously occupied by respondents who had recently moved. Indicators of housing and neighborhood quality are also supplied. Housing quality variables include privacy of bedrooms, condition of kitchen facilities, basement or roof leakage, presence of cracks or holes in walls, ceilings, or floor, reliability of plumbing and heating equipment, and concealed electrical wiring. The presence of storm doors and windows and insulation was also noted. Neighborhood quality variables indicate presence of and objection to street noise, odors, crime, litter, and rundown and abandoned structures, as well as the adequacy of street lighting, public transportation, public parks, schools, shopping facilities, and police and fire protection. Extensive information on the ability of handicapped persons to move around their homes is also provided. Respondents were asked if they needed special equipment, or the help of another person to move around. They were also asked about the presence or need for housing features to aid their movement, such as ramps, braille lettering, elevators, and extra wide doors. In addition to housing characteristics, demographic data for household members are provided, including sex, age, race, income, marital status, and household relationship. Additional data are available for the household head, including Hispanic origin, length of residence, and travel-to-work information.

Series: American Housing Survey Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York - Download All Files (16.7 MB)
DS2:  Los Angeles-Long Beach, California - Download All Files (29.6 MB)
DS3:  Memphis, Tennessee-Arkansas-Mississippi - Download All Files (16.3 MB)
DS4:  Saginaw, Michigan - Download All Files (16.3 MB)
DS5:  Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah - Download All Files (18.1 MB)
DS6:  Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania-New Jersey - Download All Files (16 MB)
DS7:  Birmingham, Alabama - Download All Files (16.2 MB)
DS8:  Grand Rapids, Michigan - Download All Files (16.3 MB)
DS9:  Indianapolis, Indiana - Download All Files (16.2 MB)
DS10:  Louisville, Kentucky-Indiana - Download All Files (16.2 MB)
DS11:  New York, New York-New Jersey - Download All Files (29.5 MB)
DS12:  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Download All Files (16.7 MB)
DS13:  Providence-Warwick-Pawtucket, Rhode Island-Massachusetts - Download All Files (16.2 MB)
DS14:  Sacramento, California - Download All Files (17.2 MB)
DS15:  St. Louis, Missouri-Illinois - Download All Files (28.5 MB)

Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Annual Housing Survey, 1980 [United States]: SMSA Files. ICPSR08257-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-11-01. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08257.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   accessibility (for disabled), 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, utility rates

Geographic Coverage:   Alabama, Albany (New York), Allentown, Arkansas, Baltimore, Bethlehem, Birmingham, California, Grand Rapids, Illinois, Indiana, Indianapolis, Kentucky, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Louisville, Massachusetts, Memphis, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York (state), New York City, Ogden, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island, Sacramento, Saginaw, Salt Lake City, Schenectady, St. Louis, Tennessee, Troy, United States, Utah, Warwick, Washington

Time Period:  

  • 1980

Date of Collection:  

  • 1980-04--1981-03

Universe:   Housing units in the following 15 SMSAs: Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York, Los Angeles-Long Beach, California, Memphis, Tennessee-Arkansas-Mississippi, Saginaw, Michigan, Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah, Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania-New Jersey, Birmingham, Alabama, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Indianapolis, Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky-Indiana, New York, New York-New Jersey, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Providence-Warwick-Pawtucket, Rhode Island-Massachusetts, Sacramento, California, and St. Louis, Missouri-Illinois.

Data Types:   survey data


Sample:   Multistage, stratified, probability sample.

Data Source:

personal interviews


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Version History:

  • 2007-11-01 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 16 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 16 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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