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Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Surveys [LAMAS] 9, 1974 (ICPSR 36607)

Alternate Title:   LAMAS 9

Principal Investigator(s): University of California, Los Angeles. Institute for Social Science Research.


The Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Surveys [LAMAS] 9, 1974 collection reflects data gathered in 1974 as part of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Surveys (LAMAS). The LAMAS, beginning in the spring of 1970, were a shared-time omnibus survey of Los Angeles community members, usually repeated twice annually. The LAMAS were conducted ten times between 1970 and 1976 in an effort to develop a set of standard community profile measures appropriate for use in the planning and evaluation of public policy.

The LAMAS instruments, indexes, and scales were used to track the development and course of social indicators (including social, psychological, health, and economic variables) and the impact of public policy on the community. Questions in this survey covered respondents' attitudes toward the following topics: health care services in the community, financial well-being, local government politics, drinking and driving, views of President Gerald Ford, migration, and psychological well-being. Participating researchers were given the option of submitting questions to be asked in addition to the core items. These additional question topics included: medical care, health, and personal values.

Demographic variables in this dataset include age, sex, education, marital status, household size, income, race, ethnicity, geographic origin, and housing type.

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Study Description


University of California, Los Angeles. Institute for Social Science Research. Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Surveys [LAMAS] 9, 1974. ICPSR36607-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-04-05. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36607.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36607.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    alcohol abuse, communities, driving habits, driving under the influence, emotional states, Ford, Gerald, health care access, health services utilization, health status, occupations, political interest, political participation, social attitudes

Smallest Geographic Unit:    Block

Geographic Coverage:    California, Los Angeles, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1974

Date of Collection:   

  • 1974-09-05--1974-12-02

Unit of Observation:    Individual

Universe:    Households in Los Angeles County

Data Type(s):    survey data


Study Purpose:    The goal of the LAMAS was to develop a set of standard community profile measures appropriate for use in the planning and evaluation of public policy.

Sample:    LAMAS utilizes a multistage, stratified probability sample with the following characteristics: 1. Los Angeles County is divided into ten geographic regions. 2. Block groups in each region are stratified by housing value, percentage owner-occupied, and percentage nonwhite. 3. 100 block groups are sampled from the ten regions. 4. Two block clusters are drawn from each of the 100 block groups. Household respondents were selected according to the KISH-TABLE method. The LAMAS used the unclustered nature of the sample to over sample selected sub-populations such as ethnicity. For additional information regarding sampling, please refer to the Producer Documentation.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional , Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

Weight:    The data are not weighted and contain no weight variables.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2017-04-05



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