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American Housing Survey, 1987: National File

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • American Housing Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
commuting (travel); energy assistance; energy conservation; 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; rental housing; relocation; transportation; utility rates
  • Abstract

    This data collection provides information on the characteristics of a national sample of housing units. Data include the year the structure was built, type and number of living quarters, occupancy status, access, number of rooms, presence of commercial establishments on the property, and property value. Additional data focus on kitchen and plumbing facilities, types of heating fuel used, source of water, sewage disposal, heating and air conditioning equipment, and major additions, alterations, or repairs to the property. Information provided on housing expenses includes monthly mortgage or rent payments, cost of services such as utilities, garbage collection, and property insurance, and amount of real estate taxes paid in the previous year. Also included is information on whether the household received government assistance to help pay heating or cooling costs or for other energy-related services. Similar data are provided for housing units previously occupied by recent movers. Additionally, indicators of housing and neighborhood quality are also supplied. For housing quality, indicators include variables such as privacy of bedrooms, condition of kitchen facilities, basement or roof leakage, breakdowns of plumbing facilities and equipment, and overall opinion of the structure. For quality of neighborhood, indicators include exterminator service, boarded-up buildings, and overall quality of the neighborhood. In addition to housing characteristics, some demographic data are provided on household members, such as age, sex, race, marital status, income, and relationship to householder. Additional data are provided on the householder, including years of school completed, Spanish origin, length of residence, and length of occupancy.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1987
  • Collection date: 1987
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Housing units in the United States.
The sample of 55,800 housing units was selected from the 1980 Census of Population and Housing records and updated by a sample of addresses from building permits to include new construction and conversions.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9690 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census (1992): American Housing Survey, 1987: National File. Version 1. American Housing Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.