American Housing Survey, 1995: National File (ICPSR 2188)

Published: Mar 17, 1998

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


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This data collection provides information on the characteristics of a national sample of housing units. Data include year the structure was built, type and number of living quarters, occupancy status, access, number of rooms, presence of commercial establishments on the property, and property value. Additional data focus on kitchen and plumbing facilities, types of heating fuel used, source of water, sewage disposal, heating and air-conditioning equipment, and major additions, alterations, or repairs to the property. Information provided on housing expenses includes monthly mortgage or rent payments, cost of services such as utilities, garbage collection, and property insurance, and amount of real estate taxes paid in the previous year. Also included is information on whether the household received government assistance to help pay heating or cooling costs or for other energy-related services. Similar data are provided for housing units previously occupied by respondents who had recently moved. Additionally, indicators of housing and neighborhood quality are supplied. Housing quality variables include privacy of bedrooms, condition of kitchen facilities, basement or roof leakage, breakdowns of plumbing facilities and equipment, and overall opinion of the structure. For quality of neighborhood, variables include use of exterminator services, existence of boarded-up buildings, and overall quality of the neighborhood. In addition to housing characteristics, some demographic data are provided on household members, such as age, sex, race, marital status, income, and relationship to householder. Additional data provided on the householder include years of school completed, Spanish origin, length of residence, and length of occupancy.

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. American Housing Survey, 1995:  National File  . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998-03-17.

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The documentation for this collection consists of a hardcopy codebook (Attachment 7) and technical documentation that includes additional attachments and a data dictionary, which are provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

The basic sample of approximately 55,000 housing units was selected from the 1990 Census of Population and Housing records and updated by a sample of addresses from building permits to include new construction and conversions.

Housing units in the United States.

personal interviews

survey data




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