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Annual Housing Survey, 1981 [United States]: SMSA Files (ICPSR 8285)

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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 to move around, or the help of another person. 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:  Anaheim, California - Download All Files (17.5 MB)
DS2:  Boston, Massachusetts - Download All Files (18.6 MB)
DS3:  Dallas, Texas - Download All Files (17.4 MB)
DS4:  Detroit, Michigan - Download All Files (18 MB)
DS5:  Fort Worth, Texas - Download All Files (17.8 MB)
DS6:  Madison, Wisconsin - Download All Files (17.1 MB)
DS7:  Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota - Download All Files (16.7 MB)
DS8:  Newark, New Jersey - Download All Files (16.1 MB)
DS9:  Orlando, Florida - Download All Files (17.1 MB)
DS10:  Phoenix, Arizona - Download All Files (18.5 MB)
DS11:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Download All Files (16.4 MB)
DS12:  Spokane, Washington - Download All Files (17.3 MB)
DS13:  Tacoma, Washington - Download All Files (17.4 MB)
DS14:  Washington, D.C. - Download All Files (18.8 MB)
DS15:  Wichita, Kansas - Download All Files (17 MB)

Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. ANNUAL HOUSING SURVEY, 1981 [UNITED STATES]: SMSA FILES. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1984. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-11-02. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08285.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, rental housing, relocation, utility rates

Geographic Coverage:   Anaheim, Arizona, Boston, California, Dallas, Detroit, District of Columbia, Florida, Fort Worth, Garden Grove, Kansas, Madison, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Newark, New Jersey, Orlando, Pennsylvania, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Santa Ana, Spokane, St. Paul, Tacoma, Texas, United States, Washington, Wichita, Wisconsin

Time Period:  

  • 1981

Date of Collection:  

  • 1981-04--1981-12

Universe:   Housing units in the following 15 SMSAs: Anaheim-Santa Ana-Garden Grove, California, Boston, Massachusetts, Dallas, Texas, Detroit, Michigan, Fort Worth, Texas, Madison, Wisconsin, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, Newark, New Jersey, Orlando, Florida, Phoenix, Arizona, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Spokane, Washington, Tacoma, Washington, Washington, DC, and Wichita, Kansas.

Data Types:   survey data


Sample:   Multistage, stratified, probability sample.

Data Source:

personal interviews


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Version History:

  • 2007-11-02 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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