National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging

American Housing Survey, 1986: MSA File (ICPSR 9334)

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This data collection provides information on characteristics of housing units in 11 selected Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). 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. Questions are also asked about neighborhood conditions such as quality of roads, presence of crime, trash, litter, street noise, abandoned structures, commercial activity, and odors or smoke, as well as about the adequacy of such services as 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:  Anaheim-Santa Ana, California - Download All Files (32 MB)
DS2:  Cincinnati, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana - Download All Files (32 MB)
DS3:  Denver, Colorado - Download All Files (31.8 MB)
DS4:  Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas - Download All Files (32.2 MB)
DS5:  Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Download All Files (31.8 MB)
DS6:  New Orleans, Louisiana - Download All Files (32 MB)
DS7:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Download All Files (31.7 MB)
DS8:  Portland, Oregon-Washington - Download All Files (31.8 MB)
DS9:  Rochester, New York - Download All Files (31.9 MB)
DS10:  San Antonio, Texas - Download All Files (32.1 MB)
DS11:  San Bernardino-Riverside, California - Download All Files (32 MB)

Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. American Housing Survey, 1986: MSA File. ICPSR09334-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990.

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Scope of 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


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 12 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 12 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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