Data Dictionary: ACS 2006 (1-Year Estimates)
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Table: B25047. Plumbing Facilities For All Housing Units [3]
Universe: Universe: Housing units
Table Details
B25047. Plumbing Facilities For All Housing Units
Universe: Universe: Housing units
Variable Label
B25047001
B25047002
B25047003
Relevant Documentation:
Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2006 Summary File: Technical Documentation.
 
Plumbing Facilities
The data on plumbing facilities were obtained from Housing Question 9 in the 2006 American Community Survey. The question was asked at both occupied and vacant housing units. Complete plumbing facilities include: (a) hot and cold running water, (b) a flush toilet, and (c) a bathtub or shower. All three facilities must be located inside the house, apartment, or mobile home, but not necessarily in the same room. Housing units are classified as lacking complete plumbing facilities when any of the three facilities is not present.

Question/Concept History
The 1996-2006 American Community Survey questions were stand-alone questions that asked the respondent to answer either Yes, has all three facilities or No to the question of whether the housing unit had complete plumbing facilities, requiring that the facilities all be in the same unit. Starting in 2006, the structure of the question changed and combined plumbing facilities with kitchen facilities and telephone service availability into one question to ask, Does this house, apartment, or mobile home have - and provided the respondent with a Yes or No checkbox for each component needed for complete facilities. An additional change introduced In 2006 included changing the description of the component hot and cold piped water to hot and cold running water.

Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2006 Summary File: Technical Documentation.
 
Housing Unit
A housing unit may be a house, an apartment, a mobile home, a group of rooms or a single room that is occupied (or, if vacant, intended for occupancy) as separate living quarters. Separate living quarters are those in which the occupants live separately from any other individuals in the building and which have direct access from outside the building or through a common hall. For vacant units, the criteria of separateness and direct access are applied to the intended occupants whenever possible. If that information cannot be obtained, the criteria are applied to the previous occupants.
Both occupied and vacant housing units are included in the housing unit inventory. Boats, recreational vehicles (RVs), vans, tents, railroad cars, and the like are included only if they are occupied as someone's current place of residence. Vacant mobile homes are included provided they are intended for occupancy on the site where they stand. Vacant mobile homes on dealers' sales lots, at the factory, or in storage yards are excluded from the housing inventory. Also excluded from the housing inventory are quarters being used entirely for nonresidential purposes, such as a store or an office, or quarters used for the storage of business supplies or inventory, machinery, or agricultural products.