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New York City Community Health Survey, 2004 (ICPSR 27065)

Principal Investigator(s): New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


The New York City Community Health Survey (CHS) is a telephone survey conducted annually by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). The CHS conducted in 2004 collected information from 9,585 New York adult residents aged 18 years and older from all five boroughs of New York City -- Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island. All data collected are self-report. Data are available at the level of 33 different neighborhoods, defined by ZIP code. The survey is conducted to inform health program decisions, to increase the understanding of the relationship between health behavior and health status, and to support health policy positions. Respondents were asked about their physical activity participation, whether they had been diagnosed with asthma, and whether they had ever had a flu or pneumonia shot. Multiple questions addressed respondents' smoking habits, whether they thought of quitting, the number of cigarettes they smoked per day, where their last cigarette came from, which aides helped them to quit smoking, and the implemented policies for smoking at their jobs and in their homes. Additional information was collected on respondents' second hand smoke exposure, colonoscopy and pap smear screenings, diabetes diagnosis, and episodes of heavy and binge drinking. Other topics covered included respondents' sexual history, whether they had ever been tested for HIV, and whether they had experienced domestic violence. Weights were constructed at the UHF-level to allow the sample to provide neighborhood-level estimations of both individual adults and of households in New York City. The data contain a weight variable (WT5) that should be used in analyzing the data. Demographic variables include gender, age, marital status, employment status, race, poverty level, income, and education level.

Access Notes

  • This data collection has been deaccessioned; it is no longer distributed by ICPSR. Additional information may be available in Data Collection Notes.

    ICPSR created a unique sequential record identifier variable named CASEID for use with online analysis.

Study Description


New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Community Health Survey, 2004. ICPSR27065-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-08-30. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR27065.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR27065.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    asthma, community health, diabetes, diseases, drinking behavior, exercise, health, health care, health status, HIV, illness, sexual behavior, smoking, smoking cessation

Smallest Geographic Unit:    ZIP code aggregations called UHFs

Geographic Coverage:    New York (state), New York City, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2004-04

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    The 2004 CHS was a landline telephone survey of 9,585 randomly selected adults aged 18 or older living in private (non-institutional) households in New York City. Households were contacted using random-digit dialing sample and data was collected by interviewers using a questionnaire programmed into a computer-assisted telephone interviewing system. Surveys were conducted in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Yiddish, Polish, Haitian Creole, Korean, and Russian. All data collected were self-reported.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

ICPSR created a unique sequential record identifier variable named CASEID for use with online analysis.


Sample:    New York City households were sampled randomly using a list-assisted random-digit dialing sample frame. In households with more than one adult, one adult was randomly selected to be interviewed.

Weight:    The data contain a weight variable (WT5) that should be used in analyzing the data. The weight consists of an adjustment for the probability of selection (number of adults in each household / number of residential telephone lines), as well as a post-stratification weight. The post-stratification weights are created by weighting each record up to the population of the UHF neighborhood, while taking into account the respondent's age, gender and race.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

Response Rates:    Response Rate (AAPOR #3): 29 percent. Overall Cooperation Rate (AAPOR #3): 62.5 percent.

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2010-08-30

Version History:

  • 2016-12-07 Internal records were updated.