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Annual Housing Survey, 1978 [United States]: SMSA File

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • American Housing Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
commuting (travel); energy consumption; home ownership; housing; housing conditions; housing costs; housing occupancy; housing units; income; metropolitan statistical areas; municipal services; neighborhood conditions; property insurance; property taxes; property values; relocation; rental housing; utility rates
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Atlanta, Georgia
    • DS2: Cincinnati, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana
    • DS3: Colorado Springs, Colorado
    • DS4: Columbus, Ohio
    • DS5: Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas
    • DS6: New Orleans, Louisiana
    • DS7: Newport News-Hampton, Virginia
    • DS8: Paterson-Clifton-Passaic, New Jersey
    • DS9: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-New Jersey
    • DS10: Rochester, New York
    • DS11: San Antonio, Texas
    • DS12: San Bernardino-Riverside-Ontario, California
    • DS13: San Diego, California
    • DS14: San Francisco-Oakland, California
    • DS15: Springfield-Chicopee-Holyoke, Massachusetts-Connecticut
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1978
  • 1978-04 / 1979-03
    Collection date: 1978-04--1979-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Atlanta
  • California
  • Chicopee
  • Cincinnati
  • Clifton
  • Colorado
  • Colorado Springs
  • Columbus (Ohio)
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Hampton
  • Holyoke
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kansas City (Kansas)
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New Orleans
  • New York (state)
  • Newport News
  • Oakland
  • Ohio
  • Ontario (California)
  • Passaic
  • Paterson
  • Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia
  • Riverside
  • Rochester (New York)
  • San Antonio
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Springfield (Massachusetts)
  • Texas
  • United States
  • Virginia
Sampled Universe
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.
Multistage, stratified, probability sample.
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.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 16 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9017 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09017.v1
  • Linneman, Peter. An Empirical Test of the Efficiency of the Housing Market. Journal of Urban Economics.20, 140-154.1986.
    • ID: 10.1016/0094-1190(86)90003-3 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census (1984): Annual Housing Survey, 1978 [United States]: SMSA File. Archival Version. American Housing Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.