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American Housing Survey, 1992: MSA Core File (ICPSR 6464)

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


This data collection provides information on characteristics of housing units in eight 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 or medical 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, information on heating equipment breakdowns, availability of electrical outlets in rooms, concealed wiring, 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, and presence of crime, trash, litter, street noise, abandoned structures, commercial activity, and odors or smoke. Other items cover the adequacy of services such 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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Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. American Housing Survey, 1992: MSA Core File. ICPSR06464-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06464.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06464.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, rental housing, relocation, utility rates

Geographic Coverage:    Alabama, Arkansas, Birmingham, Cleveland, Indiana, Indianapolis, Massachusetts, Memphis, Mississippi, Missouri, Newport News, Norfolk, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island, Salt Lake City, Tennessee, United States, Utah, Virginia, Virginia Beach, Warwick

Time Period:   

  • 1992

Date of Collection:   

  • 1992

Universe:    The universe consists of all housing units in eight selected Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

There are two inaccuracies in the technical documentation for this data collection: (1) The record length for all data files is incorrectly listed as 1,940, when it is actually 1,968, and (2) the geographic coverage statement incorrectly lists Buffalo, New York, and San Jose, California, which are actually not covered by this data collection. Additionally, the 1992 MSA data represent a change in that eight MSAs were surveyed (instead of 11, as were surveyed in previous years) from the rotating sample of 44 MSAs.


Sample:    Separate samples were drawn in eight 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:   1995-03-16

Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 10 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 9 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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