Presence of kitchen facilities in occupied and vacant housing units. This item was asked on a sample basis.
Complete kitchen facilities
Units with all three of the following: an installed sink with piped water, a range or cookstove (excluding portable cooking equipment), and a mechanical refrigerator (excluding ice boxes). All kitchen facilities must be located in the building or structure, but they need not all be in the same room.
No complete kitchen facilities
Units lacking one or more of the equipment items cited above, although they may have some equipment for preparing food.
The 1940 and 1950 censuses asked about the Presence of a refrigerator and, in 1950, a kitchen sink, and the 1960 census added cooking facilities. The separate items were combined into one item on complete kitchen facilities in 1970, which differentiated between kitchen facilities used by this household only and those also used by another household.