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American Housing Survey, 1984: MSA File (ICPSR 9092)

Published: Jan 18, 2006

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


Version V1

This data collection contains information from samples of housing units in 11 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). Data include 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. Additional data focus on kitchen and plumbing facilities, type of heating fuel used, source of water, sewage disposal, and heating and air-conditioning equipment. Questions concerning quality of housing include condition of walls and floors, adequacy of heat in winter, availability of electrical outlets, basement and roof water leakage, and exterminator service for mice or rats. Data on housing expenses include amount of mortgage or rent payments and costs of utilities, fuel, garbage collection, property insurance, and real estate taxes. Respondents who had moved recently were questioned about characteristics of the previous residence and reasons for moving. Residents were also asked to evaluate the quality of their neighborhoods with respect to such issues as crime, street noise, quality of roads, commercial activities, presence of trash, litter, abandoned structures or offensive odors, and adequacy of services such as police protection, shopping facilities, and schools. In addition to housing characteristics, some demographic information is provided on household members, such as age, sex, race, marital status, income, and relationship to householder. Additional data are available on the householder, including years of school completed, Spanish origin, and length of residence.

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. American Housing Survey, 1984: MSA File. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-18.

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United States Department of Housing and Urban Development



The Annual Housing Surveys have been renamed the American Housing Surveys by the Census Bureau. Beginning in 1984, the MSA survey comprises the survey previously known as the SMSA survey. Also beginning in 1984, the MSA samples were based on the 1980 Census rather than the 1970 Census. Consequently, users wishing to conduct longitudinal analysis will not be able to link the 1984 files with previous years, although such analysis will be possible with subsequent years through 1993.

Samples of housing units from 11 MSAs were drawn from 1980 Census of Population and Housing records, and updated to include a sample of housing units constructed since 1980.

Housing units in 11 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).

personal interviews

survey data



2006-01-18 File CB9092.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.


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