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Annual Housing Survey, 1978 [United States]: SMSA File (ICPSR 9017)

Published: Aug 22, 2008

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


Version V1

This data collection contains data focusing on housing characteristics from 15 Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs). Data include year the structure was built, type and number of living quarters, occupancy status, presence of commercial establishments on the property, presence of a garage, and property value. Additional data focus on kitchen and plumbing facilities, type of heating fuel used, source of water, sewage disposal, and heating and air conditioning equipment. Information about housing expenses includes mortgage or rent payments, utility costs, garbage collection fees, property insurance, and real estate taxes as well as repairs, additions, or alterations to the property. Similar data are provided for housing units previously occupied by respondents who had recently moved. Indicators of housing and neighborhood quality are also supplied. Housing quality variables include privacy of bedrooms, condition of kitchen facilities, basement or roof leakage, presence of cracks or holes in walls, ceilings, or floor, reliability of plumbing and heating equipment, and concealed electrical wiring. The presence of storm doors and windows and insulation was also noted. Neighborhood information is provided on the presence of and objection to noise, traffic, odors, trash and litter, abandoned structures, rundown housing, commercial or industrial activity, and the adequacy of services, including public transportation, schools, shopping, and police and fire protection. In addition to housing characteristics, demographic data for household members are provided, including sex, age, race, income, marital status, and household relationship. Additional data are available for the household head, including Hispanic origin, length of residence, and travel-to-work information.

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Annual Housing Survey, 1978 [United States]: SMSA File. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-08-22.

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1978-04 -- 1979-03

Multistage, stratified, probability sample.

Housing units in the following 15 SMSAs: Atlanta, Georgia, Cincinnati, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Columbus, Ohio, Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas, New Orleans, Louisiana, Newport News-Hampton, Virginia, Paterson-Clifton-Passaic, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-New Jersey, Rochester, New York, San Antonio, Texas, San Bernardino-Riverside-Ontario, California, San Diego, California, San Francisco-Oakland, California, and Springfield-Chicopee-Holyoke, Massachusetts-Connecticut.

personal interviews

survey data



2008-08-22 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 16 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.


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

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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