|Data Dictionary:||ACS 2005 -- 2009 (5-Year Estimates)|
|Data Source:||U.S. Census Bureau|
Universe: Vacant housing units
|Excerpt from:||Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2005-2009 Summary File: Technical Documentation.|
|ACS 2009-5yr Summary File: Technical Documentation -> Appendix A. Supplemental Documentation -> 2009 Subject Definitions -> Housing Variables -> Vacant - Current Residence Elsewhere|
A housing unit occupied at the time of interview entirely by people who will be there for 2 months or less. In CATI and CAPI interviews, the data for current residence elsewhere were obtained after creating the roster of people staying at the sample unit and after asking the current residence questions. Temporarily occupied units are sample units occupied at the time of interview entirely by people who will be there for 2 months or less. At sample units where all the people are staying less than 2 months, the respondent is asked a subset of the questions from the housing section, including the question on vacancy status. The current residence concept is unique to the American Community Survey. By using the current residence to decide for whom to collect survey information, the ACS can provide a more accurate description of an areas social and economic characteristics. Most surveys, as well as the decennial census, use the concept of usual residence. Usual residence is defined as the place where a person lives and sleeps most of the time. The census defines everyone as having only one usual residence.
Caution should be used when comparing vacant-current residence elsewhere data between the American Community Survey and Census 2000.