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MOBLHOME
Annual mobile home costs

Description

MOBLHOME reports the annual amount of special costs incurred by mobile home owners. This measure is similar to MOBLHOM2 (available for the 2000 census samples and the 2000-2002 ACS samples), except that MOBLHOME does not include installment loan payments (see MOBLOAN), while MOBLHOM2 does.

The following costs are included in MOBLHOME: land or site rent, registration fees, license fees, and personal property taxes. (Personal property taxes do not include the real estate taxes reported in PROPTX99.) Respondents were to report the full amount of such costs, even if payments were delinquent or paid by someone outside the household; they were not to include unpaid obligations from previous years.

Amounts are expressed in contemporary dollars, and users studying change over time must adjust for inflation (See INCTOT for Consumer Price Index adjustment factors). The exception is the ACS/PRCS multi-year files, where all dollar amounts have been standardized to dollars as valued in the final year of data included in the file (e.g., 2007 dollars for the 2005-2007 3-year file). Additionally, more detail may be available than exists in the original ACS samples.

User Note: ACS respondents are surveyed throughout the year, and amounts do not reflect calendar year dollars. While the Census Bureau provides an adjustment factor (available in ADJUST), this is an imperfect solution. See the ACS income variables note for further details.

Codes

MOBLHOME is a 4-digit numeric variable that reports the annual amount of special costs incurred by mobile home owners. This measure is similar to MOBLHOM2 (available for the 2000 census samples and the 2000-2002 ACS samples), except that MOBLHOME does not include installment loan payments (see MOBLOAN), while MOBLHOM2 does. The following costs are included in MOBLHOME: land or site rent, registration fees, license fees, and personal property taxes. (Personal property taxes do not include the real estate taxes reported in PROPTX99.) Respondents were to report the full amount of such costs, even if payments were delinquent or paid by someone outside the household; they were not to include unpaid obligations from previous years. MOBLHOME specific variable codes for missing, edited, or unidentified observations, observations not applicable (N/A), observations not in universe (NIU), top and bottom value coding, etc. are provided below by Census year (and data sample if specified).

User Note: Amounts are expressed in contemporary dollars, and users studying change over time must adjust for inflation (See Description). The exception is the ACS/PRCS multi-year files, where all dollar amounts have been standardized to dollars as valued in the final year of data included in the file (e.g., 2007 dollars for the 2005-2007 3-year file). Additionally, more detail may be available than exists in the original ACS samples.

MOBLHOME Specific Variable Codes
0000 = N/A

MOBLHOME
Census Top Code
1990  $3,400*
2000    $9,999***
ACS (2000-2002)    $9,999***
ACS (2003-onward)  99.5th Percentile in State**
OR
$9,999*** (whichever is less)
PRCS  99.5th Percentile in State**
OR
$9,999*** (whichever is less)

* Higher amounts are expressed as the state medians of values above the listed Top Code value for that specific Census year (i.e. For Census Year 1990, any observed value greater than the Top Code value of $3,400 was coded as the median value greater than $3,400 within that observation's state)
** Higher amounts are expressed as the state means of values above the listed Top Code value for that specific Census year
*** Top Code Imposed by IPUMS

Values Exceeding Top codes, by State: 1990 - present

Comparability

Apart from the effects of inflation and different top codes, this variable is comparable across years. This variable is only available in the 1990 U.S. census (MOBLHOME is not available for the Puerto Rican census in 1990), the 2003-onward ACS samples and the 2005-onward PRCS.

The reference period for the census was "last year;" the ACS and the PRCS asked about the "annual costs."

Users studying change over time must adjust for inflation (See INCTOT for Consumer Price Index adjustment factors).

Universe

  • 1990: Owner-occupied mobile homes, with costs related to mobile home status; not group quarters; not available for Puerto Rico.
  • ACS, PRCS: Owner-occupied mobile homes, with costs related to mobile home status; not group quarters.

Availability

United States
  • 2016: All samples
  • 2015: All samples
  • 2014: All samples
  • 2013: All samples
  • 2012: All samples
  • 2011: All samples
  • 2010: ACS; ACS 3yr; ACS 5yr
  • 2009: All samples
  • 2008: All samples
  • 2007: All samples
  • 2006: All samples
  • 2005: All samples
  • 2004: All samples
  • 2003: All samples
  • 2002: --
  • 2001: --
  • 2000: --
  • 1990: All samples
  • 1980: --
  • 1970: --
  • 1960: --
  • 1950: --
  • 1940: --
  • 1930: --
  • 1920: --
  • 1910: --
  • 1900: --
  • 1880: --
  • 1870: --
  • 1860: --
  • 1850: --
Puerto Rico
  • 2016: All samples
  • 2015: All samples
  • 2014: All samples
  • 2013: All samples
  • 2012: All samples
  • 2011: All samples
  • 2010: PRCS; PRCS 3yr; PRCS 5yr
  • 2009: All samples
  • 2008: All samples
  • 2007: All samples
  • 2006: All samples
  • 2005: All samples
  • 2000: --
  • 1990: --
  • 1980: --
  • 1970: --
  • 1930: --
  • 1920: --
  • 1910: --

Flags

QMOBLHOM 

Editing Procedure


MOBLHOME (Annual mobile home costs)

ACS Years: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

ACS editing procedure:

If an owner-occupied mobile home (UNITSSTR, OWNERSHIP) reports an annual mobile home cost (MOBLHOME) that is too large to be realistic ($15,000 or greater) or is "Blank, Don't know, Refused, or Bad Value", MOBLHOME will be allocated. The allocated value is a value of MOBLHOME from another unit with the same ownership status (OWNERSHIP, which shows if the unit is owned with a mortgage, owned without a mortgage, or rented) and in the same geographic unit (it is not specified what level of geography is used). When this happens, the flag will show that the value is allocated (QMOBLHOM).

For any unit that is not an owner occupied mobile home (UNITSSTR, OWNERSHIP), MOBLHOME will be replaced with a "not in universe" value.

Internal ACS variable : MH