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Study Report

Study Number: AG-024-001-1-1-USA-ICPSR-1976

Subject Area: Household

Bibliographic Citation: Annual housing survey, 1976 [United States]: national file.  [machine-readable data file] / U.S. Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7982

Date Accessioned: 8/12/1999

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: Data are ftpable from ICPSR by DPLS staff.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison Campus

Date Ordered: 8/3/1999

Documentation: One volume hard copy codebook.

Abstract: The Annual Housing Surveys (called American Housing Surveys since 1984) comprise two major data collections: a national survey of housing units throughout the country, and surveys of housing units in selected metropolitan areas. The national data are released by the Census Bureau in two forms: the National Core file and the National Core and are collected on whether the housing units have kitchens, heating units, and electrical systems and, if so, how well these work. Information on the costs incurred for mortgage payments, real estate taxes, property insurance, utilities, and garbage collection allow comparisons of housing costs from one year to another or between geographic areas. Data collected on income can be used in conjunction with annual housing expenditures to estimate the average percentage of families' and primary individual's incomes which is spent on housing. Households which have moved in the 12 months prior to enumeration are asked to provide comparative information on the current and previous residences of household heads. Information is collected on whether employment, family, or other factors such as changes in neighborhood or financial conditions influenced the decision to move. Demographic information, including age, sex, race, marital status, income, and relationship to householder is collected for each household member. Additional information, including years of school completed, Spanish origin, length of residence, and tenure is provided for the householder. An important feature of these surveys is that generally the same housing units remain in the sample year after year, and it is the housing unit rather than its occupants which are followed.

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