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  • American Neighborhoods: Inclusion and Exclusion
  • Volume 16, Number 3
  • Managing Editor: Mark D. Shroder
  • Associate Editor: Michelle P. Matuga

Data Sources for U.S. Housing Research, Part 1: Public Sector Data Sources

Daniel H. Weinberg
Virginia Tech

This article is the first of a two-part article about data sources for U.S. housing research. The second part, which will appear in the next issue of Cityscape (Volume 17, Issue 1), will address private sources, administrative records, and future directions.

For practitioners and policymakers to make a serious attempt to affect housing policy, they must cite evidence-based research. Part 1 of this article summarizes many of the government sources of housing data for researchers that can provide such evidence, such as the American Community Survey and the American Housing Survey.


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