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Media release
American Housing Survey now underway in the Twin Cities metropolitan area

Description: Survey provides vital data for responding to metro’s housing needs
Date: August 20, 2013
Subject(s): Demography; Housing
Creator(s): Minnesota Department of Administration. Office of Geographic and Demographic Analysis. Office of the State Demographer; Minnesota Department of Administration; Minnesota Department of Administration. Office of the State Demographer
Contributor: Andi Egbert
Publisher: Minnesota Department of Administration. Office of the State Demographer
Contact: Susan Brower, 651-201-2472; State Demographer

(ST. PAUL) – The MN State Demographic Center encourages residents in selected households in the Minneapolis-St. Paul 13-county metropolitan statistical area to participate in the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey (AHS), taking place now. The AHS is a valuable tool that helps policymakers, planners, developers, businesses and others understand the characteristics of the housing inventory in our community.

“The last time our metropolitan area was part of the American Housing Survey was in 2007, prior to the recession. Up-to-date data is critical for understanding how the housing situation has changed in our metro. And as our population grows, ages, and changes, these data help us plan wisely for our housing needs,” said Susan Brower, MN State Demographer.

The survey asks about the characteristics of current homes. Examples of the topics include home improvements, accessibility for people with disabilities, and reasons for moving to one’s neighborhood.

“Along with our partners at the U.S. Census Bureau, we are grateful for all those who perform the civic duty of participating in this and other federal surveys,” said Brower. “These data help businesses, nonprofits and the public sector do their jobs better, strengthening our communities.”

The U.S. Census Bureau has already mailed letters to select households in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN metropolitan area, notifying these households that their address has been chosen to participate. Census Bureau employees may have also contacted households by telephone or in person. Selected households who have not yet participated should do so by calling the toll-free office number for the Chicago office of the Census Bureau, at 1-800-865-6384, extension 15, weekdays between 8 am and 8 pm.

The interview can be conducted over the phone with a Census Field Representative.

Learn more about the AHS at:

Recently released AHS statistics can be found at:

The American Housing Survey information is used for statistical purposes only and kept confidential. Census Bureau employees have taken an oath to abide by this law and are subject to jail terms and/or fines if they disclose any identifying information. 


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