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AUTOS
Automobiles available

Description

AUTOS reports the number of automobiles owned or used regularly by any household member. It includes company cars kept at home and available for personal use.

In 1960, not all households received this question. In the IPUMS, 80 percent of households in cities with 50,000+ residents and 20 percent of households outside cities with 50,000+ residents were asked the question. For both inside and outside large cities, these cases accurately represent proportional distributions but not correct absolute numbers. See SAMP1960 for instructions on making appropriate corrections to derive correct absolute numbers for the total population.

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Comparability

The instructions to respondents on the form introduce some incompatibility across years. In 1970, taxicabs, pickups, and larger trucks were explicitly excluded. In 1980, taxicabs were explicitly included, and information on vans or trucks of one-ton capacity or less was collected via a separate question (see TRUCKS). For information on autos, trucks, and vans combined, for the 1990-2000 censuses, the ACS, and the PRCS see VEHICLES.

Universe

  • 1960: Not group quarters; 80 percent of cases in cities with 50,000+ residents, 20 percent of cases in other areas (see SAMP1960).
  • 1970: Not group quarters, not vacant units; Form 2 respondents only in the U.S. samples.
  • 1980: Not group quarters, not vacant units.

Availability

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Flags

QAUTOS 

Editing Procedure

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