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  • Low-Income and Minority Homeownership
  • Volume 9 Number 2
  • Managing Editor: Mark D. Shroder

Weighting and the American Housing Survey

Gregory J. Watson

This article reflects the views of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


TThe American Housing Survey (AHS) is the preeminent source of housing characteristic information for the U.S. housing stock. To produce accurate universe-level estimates or other statistics, however, researchers must properly weight the sample observations. This article describes the general strategy used for weighting and then adds notes for researchers who use the AHS.

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