ERIC Number: ED110246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Aug-24
Reference Count: 0
Level of Manufacturing Activity and Quality of Housing in Rural Counties in the U.S.A. Center of Applied Sociology, Working Paper RID 75.4.
Utilizing data derived from the U.S. Census, a 10 percent stratified sample of U.S. population from nonmetropolitan counties (276 counties) as of 1950 was examined in terms of 2 opposing hypotheses: (1) the higher the level of manufacturing activity, the higher the quality of the housing in rural areas; and (2) industry attracted to rural areas will have no significant impact upon the quality of housing in rural areas. Zero-order correlations were used to measure the associations among the following variables: (1) median education; (2) male; (3) female; (4) median family income; (5) median age; (6) proportion of civilian labor force in durable manufacturing; (7) proportion of civilian labor force in nondurable manufacturing; (8) quality of housing. T-tests were performed to determine which associations were significant. A multiple regression equation encompassing all of the variables was utilized to determine the total variance explained and the relative importance of each on the quality of housing. Separate correlations and regressions were used on the census data for the years 1950, 1960, and 1970. The hypothesis stating that industry would not significantly affect the quality of housing in rural areas was supported. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Coll. of Agricultural and Life Sciences.; North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Ames, IA.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Center of Applied Sociology.
Note: Paper prepared for the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, San Francisco, California, August 21-24, 1975