|Data Dictionary:||ACS 2008 (3-Year Estimates)|
|Data Source:||U.S. Census Bureau|
Universe: Universe: Housing units
|Excerpt from:||Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2006-2008 Summary File: Technical Documentation.|
|ACS 2008-3yr Summary File: Technical Documentation -> Appendix B: Subject Definitions -> Housing Variables -> Bedrooms|
The data on bedrooms were obtained from Housing Question 7b in the 2008 American Community Survey. The question was asked at both occupied and vacant housing units. The number of bedrooms is the count of rooms designed to be used as bedrooms, that is, the number of rooms that would be listed as bedrooms if the house, apartment, or mobile home were on the market for sale or for rent. Included are all rooms intended to be used as bedrooms even if they currently are being used for some other purpose. A housing unit consisting of only one room is classified, by definition, as having no bedroom.
Limitation of the Data
The Census Bureau tested the changes introduced to the 2008 version of the bedrooms question in the 2006 ACS Content Test. The results of this testing show that the changes may introduce an inconsistency in the data produced for this question as observed from the years 2007 to 2008, see "2006 ACS Content Test Evaluation Report Covering Rooms and Bedrooms" (http://www.census.gov/acs/www/AdvMeth/content_test/H2_Rooms_Bedrooms.pdf).
The 1996-1998 American Community Survey question provided a response category for "None" and space for the respondent to enter a number of bedrooms. From 1999-2007, the question provided pre-coded response categories from "No bedroom" to "5 or more bedrooms." Starting in 2008, the question became the second part of a two-part question that linked the number of "rooms" and number of" bedrooms" questions together. In addition, the wording of the question was changed to ask, "How many of these rooms are bedrooms?" Additional changes introduced in 2008 included removing the pre- coded response categories and adding a write-in box for the respondent to enter the number of "bedrooms," providing the rule to use for defining a bedroom as an instruction, and providing an additional instruction addressing efficiency and studio apartments - " If this is an efficiency/studio apartment, print '0'."