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1990 (Housing)

The 1990 census asked only seven housing questions to every respondent. A sample of respondents were asked an additional 19 questions. The 1990 census housing questionnaire collected the following information, listed by question number:

The following questions were asked of all respondents:

    1. Did you leave anyone out of your list of persons for Question 1 [in the population section of the questionnaire] because you were not sure if the person should be listed? If yes, list them here.
    2. Did you include anyone on your list of persons for Question 1 [in the population section of the questionnaire] because you were not sure if the person should be listed? If yes, list them here.
  1. Which best describes this building?
    • A mobile home or trailer
    • A one-family house detached from any other house
    • A one-family house attached to one or more houses
    • A building for 2 families
    • A building for 3 or 4 families
    • A building for 5 to 9 families
    • A building for 10 to 19 families
    • A building for 20 to 49 families
    • A building for 50 or more families
    • Other
  2. How many rooms do you have in this house or apartment?
  3. Is this house or apartment-
    • Owned by you or someone in this household with a mortgage or loan?
    • Owned by you or someone in this household free and clear (without a mortgage)?
    • Rented for cash rent?
    • Occupied without payment of cash rent?
    1. Is this house on ten or more acres?
    2. Is there a business (such as a store or barber shop) or medical office on this property?
  4. If someone in this household owns or is buying this house or apartment, what is the value of this property?
  5. If this house or apartment is rented-
    1. What is the monthly rent?
    2. Does the monthly rent include meals?

The following questions were asked to a sample of respondents:

  1. When did the person listed first in Question 1 move into the house or apartment?
  2. How many bedrooms do you have?
  3. Do you have complete plumbing facilities in this house or apartment?
  4. Do you have complete kitchen facilities in this house or apartment?
  5. Do you have a telephone in this house or apartment?
  6. How many automobiles, vans, and trucks of one-ton capacity or less are kept at home for use by members of your household?
  7. Which fuel is used most for heating this house or apartment?
    • Gas from underground pipes serving the neighborhood
    • Gas: bottled, tank, or LP
    • Electricity
    • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
    • Coal or coke
    • Wood
    • Solar energy
    • Other fuel
    • No fuel used
  8. Do you get water from-
    • A public system (city water department, etc.) or private company
    • An individual drilled well
    • An individual dug well
    • Some other source such as a spring, creek, river, cistern, etc.
  9. Is this building connected to the public sewer?
    • Yes, connected to public sewer
    • No, connected to septic tank or cesspool
    • No, use other means
  10. About when was this building first built?
  11. Is this house or apartment part of a condominium?
  12. If not part of a condominium-
    1. Is this house on less than one acre?
    2. If on more than one acre, in 1989, what were the actual sales of all agricultural products from this property?
  13. What are the yearly costs of utilities and fuels for this house or apartment?
    1. Electricity
    2. Gas
    3. Water
    4. Oil, coal, kerosene, wood, etc.

Questions 21 through 26 were to be filled out by the owners of one-family homes, condominiums, or mobile homes only

  1. What were the real estate taxes on this property last year?
  2. What was the annual payment for fire, hazard, and flood insurance on this property?
    1. Do you have a mortgage, deed or trust, contract to purchase, or similar debt on this property?
    2. If yes, how much is your regular monthly mortgage payment on this property?
    3. Does your regular monthly mortgage payment include payments for real estate taxes on this property?
    4. Does your regular monthly mortgage payment include payments from fire, hazard, or flood insurance on this property?
    1. Do you have a second or junior mortgage or home equity loan on this property?
    2. How much is your regular monthly payment on all second or junior mortgages and all home equity loans?
  3. If this is a condominium, what is the monthly condominium fee?
  4. If this is a mobile home, what was the total cost for property taxes, site rent, registration fees, and license fees on this mobile home and its site last year?

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: October 22, 2012