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1950 (Housing)

The 1950 census housing questionnaire was slightly shorter than its counterpart from 1940 but retained the layout developed during that census. Additionally, the questionnaires for occupied and vacant housing were combined into one form. Enumerators collected the following information, listed by column and category number:


Housing

For all dwelling units

  1. Serial number of the dwelling unit
  2. Block number
  3. Type of living quarters
    • 1.) House, apartment, or flat
    • 2.) Trailer
    • 3.) Tent, boat, railroad car
    • X.) Non-dwelling unit quarters within a large rooming house, institution, hotel, tourist court, etc.
  4. Type of Structure
    • 1.) Detached
    • 2.) Semi-detached
    • 3.) Attached
  5. Number of dwelling units in structure
  6. Is there a business unit in the structure?
    • 1.) Yes
    • 2.) No
  7. What is the condition of the unit?
    • 1.) Not dilapidated
    • 2.) Dilapidated
  8. Enumerators were to ask the following question: "We have listed (number) persons living here. Have we missed anyone away traveling? Babies? Lodgers? Other persons staying here who have no home anywhere else?"
    • Final count of persons
    • X.) Occupied entirely by nonresidents
    • V.) Vacant
  9. How many rooms are in this dwelling unit, not including bathrooms?
  10. Piped water supply
    • 1.) Hot and cold piped running water inside this structure
    • 2.) Only cold piped running water inside this structure
    • 3.) Piped running water outside this structure
    • 4.) No piped running water (hand pump, well, etc.)
  11. Type of toilet
    • 1.) Flush toilet inside this structure
    • 2.) Flush toilet outside this structure
    • 3.) Privy, outhouse, or chemical toilet
    • 4.) No toilet for this unit
  12. Toilet - exclusive use
    • 1.) For this unit's exclusive use
    • 2.) Shared with another unit
    • 3.) No toilet for this unit
  13. Installed bathtub or shower
    • For this unit's exclusive use
    • Shared with another unit
    • No bathtub or shower
  14. Is there a radio in this unit?
    • 1.) Yes
    • 2.) No
    • V.) Vacant
  15. Is there a television set in this unit?
    • 1.) Yes
    • 2.) No
    • V.) Vacant
  16. Occupancy
    • Occupied -
      1. By owner
      2. By renter
      3. Rent free
    • Vacant -
      1. For rent
      2. For sale only
      3. Not for rent or sale

For all vacant units

  1. Is the unit...
    • 1.) Non-seasonal
    • 2.) Seasonal

For non-farm vacant units only

  1. If "for rent" - the monthly rent of this unit
  2. if "for sale only" - sale price asked

For non-farm units occupied by owner

  1. How much would this property sell for?
  2. How many dwelling units are included in this property?
  3. Is there any mortgage (trust) on this property?
    • 1.) Yes
    • 2.) No

For non-farm units occupied by renter

  1. What is the monthly rent for this unit?
  2. In addition to rent, how much do you pay for...
    • Electricity (monthly average)
    • Gas (monthly average)
    • Water (monthly average)
    • Wood, Coal, and Oil (12 month total)
  3. Is this unit rented...
    • 1.) Unfurnished
    • 2.) Furnished
  4. If rented furnished, what would it cost to rent per month unfurnished?

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: March 31, 2014