Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: AG-004-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1985

Subject Area: Household

Bibliographic Citation: American housing survey, 1985: MSA 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: 9178

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook.

Abstract: 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.

SOURCE: personal interviews

UNIVERSE: Housing units in 11 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).

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

NOTE: 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 surveys conducted after 1983 with earlier survey years, although such analysis will be possible with subsequent years through 1993.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 11 data files.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL

TIME PERIOD: 1985

DATE OF COLLECTION: 1985

FUNDING AGENCY: United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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