Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Surveys [LAMAS] 6, 1973 (ICPSR 36615)

Published: Oct 30, 2017

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


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The Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Studies [LAMAS] 6, 1973 collection reflects data gathered in 1973 as part of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Studies (LAMAS). The LAMAS, beginning in the spring of 1970, are a shared-time omnibus survey of Los Angeles County 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 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 year of the LAMAS cover respondents' attitudes toward the following topics: air pollution, health care services in the community, local government politics, police relations, recreation and leisure time. In addition, participating researchers were given the option of submitting questions to be asked in addition to the core items. These additional question topics include: sleep habits, the true self, impact of computers, job seeking behavior, and mental health and psychological factors.

Demographic variables in this collection include sex, age, race, ethnicity, education, occupation, income, religion, marital status, birth place, and housing type.

University of California, Los Angeles. Institute for Social Research. Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Surveys [LAMAS] 6, 1973. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-10-30. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36615.v1

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

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. Additional information is available in the study documentation.


Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

Households with telephones in Los Angeles County


survey data

face-to-face interview



2017-10-30 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 variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

The data do not contain any weight variables.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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