WEST ORANGE, NJ - According to the US Census Bureau, selected households in Northern New Jersey recently received advance letters notifying them that they have been selected to participate in the American Housing Survey (AHS). Household are urged to participate and cooperate with the Census Bureau and their field representatives, who will contact the household by telephone or in person. (Counties included in the Northern New Jersey metropolitan area 2013 AHS-Metropolitan Sample are: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties.)
Over 700 field representatives are expected to interview nearly 27,000 households in the Northeast to collect data that will provide up-to-date information on the size and composition the "housing inventory". As population increases, so does the demand for housing. There is a need for information about the types of homes in which people are now living and the characteristics of these homes, including costs to run and maintain them. Sample questions will include asking about the number of rooms, heating and cooling equipment, and the cost of the housing.
Information gleaned from the surveys will help to ascertain changes in housing supply due to losses and new construction; measure structural makeup of housing and characteristics of the occupants; and will help to evaluate tax reform proposals, assistance proposals, and their effects.
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“The survey takes approximately 45 minutes to complete,” said New York Regional Director Jeff Behler. “The answers not only represent the selected home, but thousands of other homes like the one selected. Household cooperation provides a distinct service to our country.”
The American Housing Survey is conducted under the authority of Title 13, United States Code. All information about a household will be kept confidential. The information is used for statistical purposes only.
Every Census Bureau employee, from the Director to the field representative who conducts the interview, takes an oath to abide by Title 13 and is subject to a jail term, a fine, or both, if they discloses any information that could identify a person or a household.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions and more information about the American Housing Survey, including publications and data available, can be found at <http://www.census.gov/housing/ahs/>.
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