Data Dictionary: Census 2000
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Survey: Census 2000
Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau and Social Explorer
Universe: Occupied Housing Units
Variable Details
T161. House Heating Fuel
Universe: Occupied Housing Units
T161_004 Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Aggregation method:
Addition
Formula used to compute this variable:
Return_Value = SF3:H040005
Variables used in the formula:
Occupied housing units: Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Relevant Documentation:
Excerpt from: Social Explorer, U.S. Census Bureau; 2000 Census of Population and Housing, Summary File 3: Technical Documentation, 2002.
 
House Heating Fuel
The data on house heating fuel were obtained from answers to long-form questionnaire Item 42, which was asked on a sample basis at occupied housing units. The data show the type of fuel used most often to heat the house, apartment, or mobile home.

Utility gas
This category includes gas piped through underground pipes from a central system to serve the neighborhood.

Bottled, tank, or LP gas
This category includes liquid propane gas stored in bottles or tanks which are refilled or exchanged when empty.

Electricity
Electricity is generally supplied by means of above or underground electric power lines.

Fuel oil, kerosene, etc
This category includes fuel oil, kerosene, gasoline, alcohol, and other combustible liquids.

Coal or coke
This category includes coal or coke that is usually delivered by truck.

This category includes purchased wood, wood cut by household members on their property or elsewhere, driftwood, sawmill or construction scraps, or the like.

Solar energy
This category includes heat provided by sunlight that is collected, stored, and actively distributed to most of the rooms.

Other fuel
This category includes all other fuels not specified elsewhere.

No fuel used
This category includes units that do not use any fuel or that do not have heating equipment.

Comparability
Data on house heating fuel have been collected since 1940.