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Annual Housing Survey, 1979 [United States]: SMSA Files (ICPSR 8264)

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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, and real estate taxes as well as 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:  Baltimore, Maryland - Download All Files (13.2 MB)
DS2:  Buffalo, New York - Download All Files (12.9 MB)
DS3:  Chicago, Illinois - Download All Files (26.4 MB)
DS4:  Cleveland, Ohio - Download All Files (12.9 MB)
DS5:  Denver, Colorado - Download All Files (13.7 MB)
DS6:  Hartford, Connecticut - Download All Files (13.3 MB)
DS7:  Honolulu, Hawaii - Download All Files (12.8 MB)
DS8:  Houston, Texas - Download All Files (30.2 MB)
DS9:  Las Vegas, Nevada - Download All Files (15.1 MB)
DS10:  Miami, Florida - Download All Files (13.4 MB)
DS11:  Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Download All Files (13.3 MB)
DS12:  Omaha, Nebraska - Download All Files (13 MB)
DS13:  Portland, Oregon - Download All Files (14 MB)
DS14:  Raleigh, North Carolina - Download All Files (14.2 MB)
DS15:  Seattle, Washington - Download All Files (28.1 MB)

Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Annual Housing Survey, 1979 [United States]: SMSA Files. ICPSR08264-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-08-22. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08264.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   accessibility (for disabled), commuting (travel), 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:   Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Colorado, Connecticut, Denver, Florida, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Hawaii, Honolulu, Houston, Illinois, Las Vegas, Maryland, Miami, Milwaukee, Nebraska, Nevada, New York (state), North Carolina, Ohio, Omaha, Oregon, Portland (Oregon), Raleigh, Seattle, Texas, United States, Washington, Wisconsin

Time Period:  

  • 1979

Date of Collection:  

  • 1979-04--1980-03

Universe:   The universe consists of all housing units in the following 15 selected Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs): Baltimore, Maryland, Buffalo, New York, Chicago, Illinois, Cleveland, Ohio, Denver, Colorado, Hartford, Connecticut, Honolulu, Hawaii, Houston, Texas, Las Vegas, Nevada, Miami, Florida, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Omaha, Nebraska-Iowa, Portland, Oregon-Washington, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Seattle-Everett, Washington.

Data Types:   survey data


Sample:   Multistage, stratified, probability sample.

Data Source:

personal interviews


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Version History:

  • 2008-08-22 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
  • 2006-01-18 File CB8264.ALL.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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