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Data Dictionary: Census 1940 Census Tract Only
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Universe: Renter Occupied Housing Units
Variable Details
T21. Persons Per Room (Renter Occupied Units)
Universe: Renter Occupied Housing Units
Aggregation method:
Addition
Relevant Documentation:
Persons per room
The number of persons per room, used as an index of crowding, is obtained by dividing the number of persons in the household by the number of rooms in the dwelling unit. This average was computed for each occupied dwelling unit.

Dwelling unit
A dwelling unit is defined as the living quarters occupied by, or intended for occupancy by, one household. A dwelling unit may be a detached house; a tenement, flat, or apartment in a larger building (apartment house, apartment hotel, or section of a hotel devoted entirely to apartment rather than transient use); or a room in a structure used primarily for business or other nonresidential purposes. It may be a tourist cabin, trailer, railroad car, boat, etc., if occupied by person having no other place of residence.