ERIC Number: ED060999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Rural Housing Quality in the Ozark Region as Related to Characteristics of Housing Units and Occupants, 1966.
Spurlock, Hughes H.
Characteristics of housing units and of their occupants in a 125-county area of the Ozarks were examined in this 1966 study set up to determine how selected physical characteristics of housing units affect the adequacy of rural housing in the Ozarks and to assess personal characteristics of the occupants that may influence the quality of housing the family will occupy. Housing of 1,413 respondents (household heads) was categorized as having complete plumbing, partial plumbing, or no plumbing. Several variables were then defined for each type of housing, and cross-tabulation with chi-square tests for statistical significance was used for analysis. Variables selected for regression analysis included current value of house and land, educational attainment of household head, and net family income for a single year. Major findings of the survey were that (1) the quality of rural housing was significantly related to household incomes; (2) the level of formal education of the household head and of the wife, and the type of employment of the household head, were significantly related to housing quality; (3) age and sex of the household head were not significantly related to housing quality; (4) there was a significantly high correlation between the market value of house and land and quality of housing; (5) farm housing was about the same quality as rural nonfarm housing; (6) renters did not occupy significantly poorer housing than did owners; and (7) of the households with incomes that placed them in the seriously deprived class, 63% lived in substandard housing. (PS)
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Sponsor: Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, Fayetteville.