American Housing Survey

The American Housing Survey (AHS) is the largest, regular national housing sample survey in the United States.  The AHS contains a wealth of information on apartments, single-family homes, mobile homes, vacant homes, family composition, income, housing and neighborhood quality, housing costs, equipment, fuels, size of housing unit, and recent movers.  Download the data here.

2 Responses to “American Housing Survey”

  1. Wahan

    Wow Amazing.. may i joint with you? I’m so interested with AHS

  2. Marty Kasey, PhD

    It can be useful if the housing were the only facet that was being gathered. Reading some other comments on other sites leaves pocketed communities with a concern for the safety of data and the need for financial information, that are already available through other sources. Although Census data has not been reported breached, media exploitation of recent corporate and Federal OPM breaches would cause concern. Additional comments center around those that need the government assistance and those that are doing well without it. Redistribution of wealth a potential concern for higher income communities, when in fact it would not.

    Sample homes and not the residents therein have been chosen. Therefore, the initial informational mailing is often thrown away as junk mail and the housing financial sheet is often offensive. Public materials appear to do more harm with certain populations. Local media coverage for the mid-decade census is positive, ACS, which is mandatory and carries penalties, but the AHS is ignored.

    Listening to public forums from many former Census workers, there are patterns of participation that are evidently dependent upon: connected and unconnected communities, age demographics, political representation, social organization affiliation, unincorporated communities, needing and being denied assistance, failed program assistance and other factors. Census workers receive little training and not informed that the AHS is really a sales position. Therefore, the selection process, training and materials may not be properly designed. A large majority of workers appear to be over 50 and have a wide variety of high level skills. These skills are apparently ignored by line supervisors who are only concerned with completion numbers and budgets. Threats and violation of labor laws noted appear evident. Additionally, in the same conversation heard in a public forum, indicates these employees may be forced to pursue denials at their own risk of civil charges and possible lawsuits.

    Rights of refusal appear not respected and these cases are reassigned to other representatives with the intent of wearing the selected sample down until an interview is granted. Tactics vary with varying results.

    Although there are valuable data, there appears to be issues with many parts that inhibit response. These could have been rectified in the research and design phases. Even though these employees computers would have long been retired by companies and consumers alike, there would be sufficient computing power to design more appropriate choices that were commented about. It also must be noted that many surveys of this type contain qualified responses that quantifiable data may refute.

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