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American Housing Survey, 1987: MSA Core and Supplement File (ICPSR 6131)

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

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Atlanta, Georgia - Download All Files (33.859 MB)
DS2:  Baltimore, Maryland - Download All Files (33.477 MB)
DS3:  Chicago, Illinois - Download All Files (33.615 MB)
DS4:  Columbus, Ohio - Download All Files (33.416 MB)
DS5:  Hartford, Connecticut - Download All Files (33.601 MB)
DS6:  Houston, Texas - Download All Files (33.029 MB)
DS7:  New York-Nassau-Suffolk, New York - Download All Files (33.599 MB)
DS8:  Northern New Jersey - Download All Files (33.576 MB)
DS9:  San Diego, California - Download All Files (33.313 MB)
DS10:  Seattle, Washington - Download All Files (33.263 MB)
DS11:  St. Louis, Missouri - Download All Files (33.462 MB)

Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. American Housing Survey, 1987: MSA Core and Supplement File. ICPSR06131-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06131.v1

Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06131.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:    Atlanta, Baltimore, California, Chicago, Columbus (Ohio), Connecticut, Georgia, Hartford, Houston, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York City, Ohio, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, Texas, United States, Washington

Time Period:   

Date of Collection:   

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The Census Bureau has made substantial revisions to the MSA data for 1987 since the release of the AMERICAN HOUSING SURVEY, 1987: MSA CORE QUESTIONS FILE (ICPSR 9380). While ICPSR will continue to make that file available, users are urged to replace it with the data from this study.


Sample:    Separate samples were drawn in 11 selected MSAs. The samples were 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 CB6131.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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