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American Housing Survey, 1985: MSA Core and Supplement File (ICPSR 9853)

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This data collection contains information from samples of housing units in 11 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). Data include year the structure was built, type and number of living quarters, occupancy status, presence of commercial or medical establishments on the property, 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. Questions concerning quality of housing include condition of walls and floors, adequacy of heat in winter, availability of electrical outlets, basement and roof water leakage, and exterminator service for mice or rats. Data on housing expenses include amount of mortgage or rent payments and costs of utilities, fuel, garbage collection, property insurance, and real estate taxes. Respondents who had moved recently were questioned about characteristics of the previous residence and reasons for moving. Residents were also asked to evaluate the quality of their neighborhoods with respect to issues such as crime, street noise, quality of roads, commercial activities, presence of trash, litter, abandoned structures, or offensive odors, and adequacy of services such as police protection, shopping facilities, and schools. In addition to housing characteristics, some demographic information is provided on household members, such as age, sex, race, marital status, income, and relationship to householder. Additional data are available on the householder, including years of school completed, Spanish origin, and length of residence.

Series: American Housing Survey Series

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Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. American Housing Survey, 1985: MSA Core and Supplement File. ICPSR09853-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09853.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   energy assistance, commuting (travel), 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, transportation, utility rates

Geographic Coverage:   Arizona, Arlington, Boston, California, Dallas, Detroit, District of Columbia, Florida, Fort Worth, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minneapolis, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oakland, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, St. Paul, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Texas, United States, Virginia

Time Period:  

  • 1985

Date of Collection:  

  • 1985

Universe:   Housing units in 11 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).

Data Types:   survey data


Sample:   Samples of housing units from 11 MSAs drawn from 1980 Census of Population and Housing records, and updated to include a sample of housing units constructed since 1980.

Data Source:

personal interviews


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB9853.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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