Data Dictionary: ACS 2006 (1-Year Estimates)
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Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Table: B99259. Imputation Of Plumbing Facilities [3]
Universe: Universe: Housing units
Table Details
B99259. Imputation Of Plumbing Facilities
Universe: Universe: Housing units
Variable Label
B99259001
B99259002
B99259003
Relevant Documentation:
Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2006 Summary File: Technical Documentation.
 
6.11.8. Content Editing
After data collection was completed, any remaining incomplete or inconsistent information was imputed during the final content edit of the collected data. Imputations, or computer assignments of acceptable codes in place of unacceptable entries or blanks, were needed most often when an entry for a given item was missing or when the information reported for a person or housing unit on that item was inconsistent with other information for that same person or housing unit. As in other surveys and previous censuses, the general procedure for changing unacceptable entries was to allocate an entry for a person or housing unit that was consistent with entries for persons or housing units with similar characteristics. Imputing acceptable values in place of blanks or unacceptable entries enhances the usefulness of the data.



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.