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1960 (Housing)

Housing questions for the 1960 census were wrapped up with population inquiries. Enumerators filled out answers for the first 18 questions themselves- self enumeration began at question 19. The following information, listed by question number, was collected:


Enumerators obtained the following information themselves, with possible response options listed under applicable questions.

  1. Address
  2. Type of housing unit
    • House, apartment, or flat
    • Trailer
  3. Access to unit
    • Direct from outside or through a common hall
    • Through another unit
  4. Does the person have a kitchen or cooking equipment
    • For the use of people in his household only
    • Shared with another household or no cooking equipment
  5. What is the condition of the housing unit?
    • Sound
    • Deteriorating
    • Dilapidated
  6. Is the unit occupied?
    • If vacant, is it vacant...
      • Year-round
      • Migratory worker housing
      • Seasonal housing
  7. How many rooms are in this unit? Include kitchens but not bathrooms.
  8. Is there hot and cold running water inside this house or building?
    • Hot and cold running water inside the house or building
    • Only cold running water inside
    • Running water on property but not inside building
    • No running water
  9. Is there a flush toilet inside of this house or building?
    • Yes, for this household only
    • Yes, but shared with another household
    • No flush toilet for the use of this household,
  10. Is there a bathtub or shower in this house or building?
    • Yes, for this household only
    • Yes, but shared with another household
    • No bathtub or shower for the use of this household,
  11. Is the house, part of a house, or apartment in which the person lives...
    • Owned or being bought by the person or someone else in the household?
    • Rented for cash
    • Occupied without the payment of cash rent
  12. If the housing unit is vacant, is it...
    • For rent
    • For sale only
    • Rented or sold, but not occupied
    • For occasional use
    • Vacant for another reason
  13. Description of property for owner-occupied units
    • 1 unit with no business
    • 1 unit with a business
    • 2 or more units
  14. About how much does the homeowner think his property would sell for?
  15. If renting, what is the monthly rent? If rent is paid over some other period of time, what is that rent and period of time?
  16. For farm residents, is this house...
    • On a city lot?
    • On a place of less than ten acres?
    • On a place of ten or more acres?
  17. If the farm was not on a city lot...
    • If on a place of less than ten acres...
      • Las year, did sales of crops, livestock, or other farm products from this place amount to...
        • $250 or more
        • Less that $250 or none
    • If on a place of ten or more acres...
      • Last year, did sales of crops, livestock, or other farm products from this place amount to...
        • $50 or more
        • Less than $50 or none

Beginning with question 19, residents filled in information on the questionnaire themselves.

  1. How many bedrooms are in the house or apartment?
  2. About when was this house originally built?
  3. How is the person's house or apartment heated?
    • Steam or hot water
    • Warm air furnace with individual room registers
    • Floor, wall, or pipeless furnace
    • Built-in electrical units
    • Room heaters connected to a chimney or flue
    • Room heaters not connected to a chimney or flue
    • Other method
  4. From this list of fuels, which does the household use for house heating, cooking, and water heating?
    • Coal or coke
    • Wood
    • Utility gas from underground pipes serving the neighborhood
    • Bottled, tank, or LP gas
    • Electricity
    • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
    • Other fuel
    • No fuel use
  5. Does the household have an unshared clothes washing machine?
    • Machine with wringer or separate spinner
    • Automatic or semi-automatic machine
    • Washer-dryer combination (single unit)
    • No washing machine
  6. Does the household have an electric or gas clothes dryer?
    • Electrically heated dryer
    • Gas heated dryer
    • No dryer
  7. Does the household have any television units?
    • One set
    • Two sets or more
    • No television sets
  8. Does the household have any radios?
    • One radio
    • Two radios or more
    • No radios
  9. Does the household have air conditioning?
    • Room unit - one only
    • Room units - two or more
    • Central air conditioning system
    • No air conditioning
  10. Does the household have a home food freezer which is separate from its refrigerator?
  1. How many bathrooms are in the house or apartment?
    • No bathroom, or only a partial bathroom
    • One complete bathroom
    • One complete bathroom, plus partial bathrooms
    • Two or more complete bathrooms
  1. Is this house built...
    • With a basement?
    • On a concrete slab?
    • Another way?
  2. Does this building have...
    • Three stories or less
    • Four stories or more
      • With an elevator
      • Walk-up
  3. Is there a telephone on which people who live in the household can be called? If so, what is the telephone number?
  4. How many passenger automobiles are owned or regularly used by people who live at the household?
    • No automobile
    • One automobile
    • Two automobiles
    • Three automobiles or more
  5. If the household lives in a trailer, is it mobile or on a permanent foundation?

The following questions were for renters only

  1. In addition to rent does the household also pay for electricity? Gas? Water?
  2. If yes, what is the monthly cost for each?
  3. In addition to rent, does the household also pay for oil, coal, kerosene, or wood?
  4. If yes, what is the yearly cost for each?

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