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American Community Survey (ACS): Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS), 2008 (ICPSR 29263) RSS

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The American Community Survey (ACS) is a part of the Decennial Census Program, and is designed to produce critical information about the characteristics of local communities. The ACS publishes social, housing, and economic characteristics for demographic groups covering a broad spectrum of geographic areas in the United States and Puerto Rico. Every year the ACS supports the release of single-year estimates for geographic areas with populations of 65,000 or more. Demographic variables include sex, age, relationship, households by type, race, and Hispanic origin. Social characteristics variables include school enrollment, educational attainment, marital status, fertility, grandparents caring for children, veteran status, disability status, residence one year ago, place of birth, United States citizenship status, year of entry, world region of birth of foreign born, language spoken at home, and ancestry. Variables focusing on economic characteristics include employment status, commuting to work, occupation, industry, class of worker, income and benefits, and poverty status. Variables focusing on housing characteristics include occupancy, units in structure, year structure was built, number of rooms, number of bedrooms, housing tenure, year householder moved into unit, vehicles available, house heating fuel, utility costs, occupants per room, housing value, and mortgage status. The American Community Survey is conducted under the authority of Title 13, United States Code, Sections 141 and 193, and response is mandatory.

Series: American Community Survey (ACS) Series

Access Notes

  • These data are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. Because you are not logged in, we cannot verify that you will be able to download the data.


WARNING: Because this study has many datasets, the download all files option has been suppressed, and you will need to download one dataset at a time.

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DS1:  Alabama Housing - Download All Files (58,423 KB)
DS2:  Alabama Population - Download All Files (150,268 KB)
DS3:  Alaska Housing - Download All Files (8,779 KB)
DS4:  Alaska Population - Download All Files (22,639 KB)
DS5:  Arizona Housing - Download All Files (72,467 KB)
DS6:  Arizona Population - Download All Files (195,765 KB)
DS7:  Arkansas Housing - Download All Files (35,780 KB)
DS8:  Arkansas Population - Download All Files (92,849 KB)
DS9:  California Housing - Download All Files (358,393 KB)
DS10:  California Population - Download All Files (1,097,769 KB)
DS11:  Colorado Housing - Download All Files (57,861 KB)
DS12:  Colorado Population - Download All Files (155,564 KB)
DS13:  Connecticut Housing - Download All Files (40,112 KB)
DS14:  Connecticut Population - Download All Files (111,466 KB)
DS15:  Delaware Housing - Download All Files (11,652 KB)
DS16:  Delaware Population - Download All Files (28,475 KB)
DS17:  District of Columbia Housing - Download All Files (9,078 KB)
DS18:  District of Columbia Population - Download All Files (19,983 KB)
DS19:  Florida Housing - Download All Files (232,845 KB)
DS20:  Florida Population - Download All Files (583,148 KB)
DS21:  Georgia Housing - Download All Files (109,099 KB)
DS22:  Georgia Population - Download All Files (300,250 KB)
DS23:  Hawaii Housing - Download All Files (14,854 KB)
DS24:  Hawaii Population - Download All Files (43,731 KB)
DS25:  Idaho Housing - Download All Files (18,175 KB)
DS26:  Idaho Population - Download All Files (50,996 KB)
DS27:  Illinois Housing - Download All Files (142,315 KB)
DS28:  Illinois Population - Download All Files (401,128 KB)
DS29:  Indiana Housing - Download All Files (75,974 KB)
DS30:  Indiana Population - Download All Files (208,422 KB)
DS31:  Iowa Housing - Download All Files (37,253 KB)
DS32:  Iowa Population - Download All Files (99,181 KB)
DS33:  Kansas Housing - Download All Files (34,070 KB)
DS34:  Kansas Population - Download All Files (91,103 KB)
DS35:  Kentucky Housing - Download All Files (52,274 KB)
DS36:  Kentucky Population - Download All Files (137,591 KB)
DS37:  Louisiana Housing - Download All Files (51,454 KB)
DS38:  Louisiana Population - Download All Files (136,449 KB)
DS39:  Maine Housing - Download All Files (19,666 KB)
DS40:  Maine Population - Download All Files (42,113 KB)
DS41:  Maryland Housing - Download All Files (63,385 KB)
DS42:  Maryland Population - Download All Files (179,029 KB)
DS43:  Massachusetts Housing - Download All Files (75,533 KB)
DS44:  Massachusetts Population - Download All Files (206,372 KB)
DS45:  Michigan Housing - Download All Files (121,639 KB)
DS46:  Michigan Population - Download All Files (317,192 KB)
DS47:  Minnesota Housing - Download All Files (63,611 KB)
DS48:  Minnesota Population - Download All Files (169,577 KB)
DS49:  Mississippi Housing - Download All Files (35,408 KB)
DS50:  Mississippi Population - Download All Files (93,657 KB)
DS51:  Missouri Housing - Download All Files (72,279 KB)
DS52:  Missouri Population - Download All Files (190,776 KB)
DS53:  Montana Housing - Download All Files (12,842 KB)
DS54:  Montana Population - Download All Files (31,187 KB)
DS55:  Nebraska Housing - Download All Files (22,287 KB)
DS56:  Nebraska Population - Download All Files (59,004 KB)
DS57:  Nevada Housing - Download All Files (30,528 KB)
DS58:  Nevada Population - Download All Files (83,510 KB)
DS59:  New Hampshire Housing - Download All Files (17,136 KB)
DS60:  New Hampshire Population - Download All Files (43,375 KB)
DS61:  New Jersey Housing - Download All Files (94,502 KB)
DS62:  New Jersey Population - Download All Files (275,036 KB)
DS63:  New Mexico Housing - Download All Files (24,114 KB)
DS64:  New Mexico Population - Download All Files (61,142 KB)
DS65:  New York Housing - Download All Files (216,055 KB)
DS66:  New York Population - Download All Files (592,971 KB)
DS67:  North Carolina Housing - Download All Files (113,408 KB)
DS68:  North Carolina Population - Download All Files (293,109 KB)
DS69:  North Dakota Housing - Download All Files (9,724 KB)
DS70:  North Dakota Population - Download All Files (23,336 KB)
DS71:  Ohio Housing - Download All Files (136,297 KB)
DS72:  Ohio Population - Download All Files (367,605 KB)
DS73:  Oklahoma Housing - Download All Files (45,031 KB)
DS74:  Oklahoma Population - Download All Files (116,616 KB)
DS75:  Oregon Housing - Download All Files (44,103 KB)
DS76:  Oregon Population - Download All Files (119,312 KB)
DS77:  Pennsylvania Housing - Download All Files (150,415 KB)
DS78:  Pennsylvania Population - Download All Files (395,759 KB)
DS79:  Puerto Rico Housing - Download All Files (38,214 KB)
DS80:  Puerto Rico Population - Download All Files (106,470 KB)
DS81:  Rhode Island Housing - Download All Files (13,412 KB)
DS82:  Rhode Island Population - Download All Files (34,486 KB)
DS83:  South Carolina Housing - Download All Files (56,297 KB)
DS84:  South Carolina Population - Download All Files (143,786 KB)
DS85:  South Dakota Housing - Download All Files (11,012 KB)
DS86:  South Dakota Population - Download All Files (27,817 KB)
DS87:  Tennessee Housing - Download All Files (74,291 KB)
DS88:  Tennessee Population - Download All Files (199,819 KB)
DS89:  Texas Housing - Download All Files (257,268 KB)
DS90:  Texas Population - Download All Files (741,398 KB)
DS91:  Utah Housing - Download All Files (26,000 KB)
DS92:  Utah Population - Download All Files (86,295 KB)
DS93:  Vermont Housing - Download All Files (9,549 KB)
DS94:  Vermont Population - Download All Files (21,420 KB)
DS95:  Virginia Housing - Download All Files (90,153 KB)
DS96:  Virginia Population - Download All Files (249,297 KB)
DS97:  Washington Housing - Download All Files (74,837 KB)
DS98:  Washington Population - Download All Files (207,608 KB)
DS99:  West Virginia Housing - Download All Files (24,571 KB)
DS100:  West Virginia Population - Download All Files (59,126 KB)
DS101:  Wisconsin Housing - Download All Files (70,057 KB)
DS102:  Wisconsin Population - Download All Files (185,760 KB)
DS103:  Wyoming Housing - Download All Files (7,721 KB)
DS104:  Wyoming Population - Download All Files (19,733 KB)
DS105:  United States Housing - Download All Files (3,441,859 KB)
DS106:  United States Population - Download All Files (9,439,881 KB)

Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. American Community Survey (ACS): Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS), 2008. ICPSR29263-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research[distributor], 2011-11-08. doi:10.3886/ICPSR29263.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   census data, citizenship, demographic characteristics, economic conditions, employment, ethnicity, families, genealogy, hearing impairment, household composition, households, housing, housing conditions, immigration, income, indigenous populations, labor force, marriage, military service, mortgage payments, physical disabilities, population, population characteristics, population migration, public utilities, race, taxes, vision impairment

Geographic Coverage:   Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York (state), North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, United States, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Time Period:  

  • 2007-11--2008-12

Date of Collection:  

  • 2007-11--2008-12

Universe:   All persons and housing units in the United States.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Parts 105 and 106 represent, respectively, the entire United States Housing and Population datasets for the 2008 American Community Survey (ACS). Both parts 105 and 106 are quite large and should be downloaded at the discretion of the user.

ICPSR suggests SDA online analysis for those users who wish to use the United States ACS housing and population datasets but have decided not to download the respective parts: United States Housing SDA, United States Population SDA.

Any state's housing and population data files can be merged via the variable SERIALNO to create a hierarchical data file. The hierarchical data structure represents the responses of all individuals reported living in a given housing unit. Individuals can be distinguished by the variable SPORDER (Person Number). If users are merging files, keep in mind that estimates of family, household, and housing characteristics will make use of the housing weights. Estimates of person characteristics will use the person weights.

Users are strongly encouraged to read all documentation regarding sampling errors and weights prior to merging files. Documentation is available for download or can be accessed on the American Community Survey Web site.


Weight:   The data in the household and population files contain weights. The initial weights reflect the probability of selection and are adjusted for interviewed households to account for noninterviews. Additional weights reflect independent housing unit and population estimates.When programming the replicate weight standard errors, note that the full PUMS weight is never zero or negative. However, the eighty replicate weights can be zero or negative.

Mode of Data Collection:   computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI), mail questionnaire, telephone interview

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.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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