Data Dictionary: ACS 2005 -- 2009 (5-Year Estimates)
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Table: B25067. Aggregate Gross Rent (Dollars) By Meals Included In Rent [3]
Universe: Renter-occupied housing units paying cash rent
Table Details
B25067. Aggregate Gross Rent (Dollars) By Meals Included In Rent
Universe: Renter-occupied housing units paying cash rent
Variable Label
B25067001
B25067002
B25067003
Relevant Documentation:
Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2005-2009 Summary File: Technical Documentation.
 
Aggregate Gross Rent
Aggregate gross rent is calculated by adding together all the gross rents for all specified housing units in an area. Aggregate gross rent is rounded to the nearest hundred dollars. (For more information, see "Aggregate" under "Derived Measures".)

Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2005-2009 Summary File: Technical Documentation.
 
Meals Included in Rent
The data on meals included in the rent were obtained from Housing Question 15b in the 2009 American Community Survey. The question was asked of occupied housing units that were rented and vacant housing units that were for rent at the time of enumeration. These data only include rental units which meals are included in the rent, or if occupants contract for either their meals or a meal plan in order to live in the unit. Renters in continuing care or life facilities are included in this category if their contracts cover meal services.

The meals included in rent allows for a measurement on the amount of congregate housing within the housing inventory. Congregate housing is considered to be housing units where the rent includes meals and other services.

Question/Concept History
Since 1996, the American Community Survey questions have been the same. Starting in 2004, meals included in rent is shown for all renter-occupied housing units. In previous years (1996-2003), it was shown only for specified renter-occupied housing units.

Comparability
Data on meals included in rent in the American Community Survey can be compared to previous ACS and Census 2000 meals included in rent data.