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Urban Residential Mobility Study

Resource Type
  • Rossi, Peter H. (Bureau of Applied Social Research, Columbia University, New York)
Publication Date
  • Bureau of Applied Social Research, Columbia University, New York (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Community, Living Environment
  • Abstract

    Reasons for the geographic mobility of the American population. Topics: Search for information and decision-making process before moving; description of previous residence; general attitude to moving; number and distance of previous moves; neighborhood; social ties; local ties and satisfaction with residential area; extent to which informed about government support for housing construction; attitude to house ownership; self-assessment of social class and assumed social class of neighbors; departures determined in the neighborhood; social origins; membership in organizations and clubs; rent costs; shopping habits. Demography: age (classified); family composition; number of children; occupation; employment; size of household; composition of household; social origins; media usage. Interviewer rating: willingness of respondent to cooperate; presence of other persons; judgement on building and residence furnishings.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1950-11 / 1951-09
Geographic Coverage
  • Philadelphia (US-PA-PHL)
Area cluster sample of renters and home owners.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire and telephone interview.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 924
The data set consists of 2 parts. After the first survey in November or December 1950 a telephone debriefing was conducted in September 1951.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0170 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Rossi, Peter H.: Why Families Move: A Study in the Social Psychology of Urban Residental Mobility. Beverly Hills: Sage 1980
  • Rossi, Peter H.: Why Families Move. In: Lazarsfeld, Paul F.; Rosenberg, Morris (Hrsg.): The Language of Social Research. Glencoe, Ill.: The Free Press 1957, S. 457 - 468

Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 86 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21

Rossi, Peter H. (1951): Urban Residential Mobility Study. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.