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American Housing Survey, 1986: MSA Core and Supplement File (ICPSR 6129)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census


This data collection provides information on characteristics of housing units in 11 selected Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) of the United States. Although the unit of analysis is the housing unit rather than its occupants, the survey also is a comprehensive source of information on the demographic characteristics of household residents. Data collected include general housing characteristics, such as the year the structure was built, type and number of living quarters, occupancy status, presence of commercial establishments on the property, and property value. Data are also provided on kitchen and plumbing facilities, type of heating fuel used, source of water, sewage disposal, and heating and air-conditioning equipment. Questions about housing quality include condition of walls and floors, adequacy of heat in winter, availability of electrical outlets in rooms, basement and roof water leakage, and exterminator service for mice and rats. Data related to housing expenses include mortgage or rent payments, utility costs, fuel costs, property insurance costs, real estate taxes, and garbage collection fees. Variables are also supplied on neighborhood conditions, such as quality of roads and presence of crime, trash, litter, street noise, abandoned structures, commercial activity, and odors or smoke. Other items cover the adequacy of neighborhood services, including public transportation, schools, shopping facilities, police protection, recreation facilities, and hospitals or clinics. In addition to housing characteristics, data on age, sex, race, marital status, income, and relationship to householder are provided for each household member. Additional data are supplied for the householder, including years of school completed, Spanish origin, and length of residence.

Series: American Housing Survey Series

Access Notes

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Anaheim-Santa Ana, California - Download All Files (33.716 MB)
DS2:  Cincinnati, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana - Download All Files (33.656 MB)
DS3:  Denver, Colorado - Download All Files (33.521 MB)
DS4:  Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas - Download All Files (33.865 MB)
DS5:  Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Download All Files (33.5 MB)
DS6:  New Orleans, Louisiana - Download All Files (33.687 MB)
DS7:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Download All Files (33.428 MB)
DS8:  Portland, Oregon-Washington - Download All Files (33.55 MB)
DS9:  Rochester, New York - Download All Files (33.618 MB)
DS10:  San Antonio, Texas - Download All Files (33.728 MB)
DS11:  San Bernardino-Riverside, California - Download All Files (33.689 MB)

Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. American Housing Survey, 1986: MSA Core and Supplement File. ICPSR06129-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06129.v1

Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06129.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, relocation, rental housing, transportation, utility rates

Geographic Coverage:   Anaheim, California, Cincinnati, Colorado, Denver, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Indiana, Kansas, Kansas City (Missouri), Kentucky, Louisiana, Miami, Missouri, New Orleans, New York (state), Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Portland (Oregon), Riverside, Rochester (New York), San Antonio, San Bernardino, Santa Ana, Texas, United States, Washington

Time Period:  

Date of Collection:  

Universe:   The universe consists of all housing units in 11 selected MSAs.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The Census Bureau has made substantial revisions to the MSA data for 1986 since the release of the AMERICAN HOUSING SURVEY, 1986: MSA CORE FILE (ICPSR 9334). While ICPSR will continue to make that file available, users are urged to replace it with the data from this study.


Sample:   Separate samples are drawn in 11 selected MSAs. The samples are drawn from housing units enumerated in the 1980 Census and updated to include housing units constructed since 1980.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1993-10-11

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB6129.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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