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:
For all dwelling units
Serial number of the dwelling unit
Type of living quarters
1.) House, apartment, or flat
3.) Tent, boat, railroad car
X.) Non-dwelling unit quarters within a large rooming house, institution, hotel, tourist court, etc.
Type of Structure
Number of dwelling units in structure
Is there a business unit in the structure?
What is the condition of the unit?
1.) Not dilapidated
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
How many rooms are in this dwelling unit, not including bathrooms?
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.)
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
Toilet - exclusive use
1.) For this unit's exclusive use
2.) Shared with another unit
3.) No toilet for this unit
Installed bathtub or shower
For this unit's exclusive use
Shared with another unit
No bathtub or shower
Is there a radio in this unit?
Is there a television set in this unit?
For sale only
Not for rent or sale
For all vacant units
Is the unit...
For non-farm vacant units only
If "for rent" - the monthly rent of this unit
if "for sale only" - sale price asked
For non-farm units occupied by owner
How much would this property sell for?
How many dwelling units are included in this property?
Is there any mortgage (trust) on this property?
For non-farm units occupied by renter
What is the monthly rent for this unit?
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)
Is this unit rented...
If rented furnished, what would it cost to rent per month unfurnished?