NYSERDA Low- to Moderate-Income New York State Census Population Analysis Dataset: Average for 2013-2015

data.ny.gov | Last Updated 10 Jun 2019

The Low- to Moderate-Income (LMI) New York State (NYS) Census Population Analysis dataset is resultant from the LMI market database designed by APPRISE as part of the NYSERDA LMI Market Characterization Study (https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/lmi-tool). All data are derived from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files for 2013, 2014, and 2015. Each row in the LMI dataset is an individual record for a household that responded to the survey and each column is a variable of interest for analyzing the low- to moderate-income population. The LMI dataset includes: county/county group, households with elderly, households with children, economic development region, income groups, percent of poverty level, low- to moderate-income groups, household type, non-elderly disabled indicator, race/ethnicity, linguistic isolation, housing unit type, owner-renter status, main heating fuel type, home energy payment method, housing vintage, LMI study region, LMI population segment, mortgage indicator, time in home, head of household education level, head of household age, and household weight. The LMI NYS Census Population Analysis dataset is intended for users who want to explore the underlying data that supports the LMI Analysis Tool. The majority of those interested in LMI statistics and generating custom charts should use the interactive LMI Analysis Tool at https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/lmi-tool. This underlying LMI dataset is intended for users with experience working with survey data files and producing weighted survey estimates using statistical software packages (such as SAS, SPSS, or Stata).

Tags: low- to moderate-income, lmi, household, heating fuel type, income, economic development regions, poverty

This dataset has the following 23 columns:

Column NameAPI Column NameData TypeDescriptionSample Values
County / County Groupcounty_county_grouptextName of New York county or a group of New York counties.
Households with Elderlyhouseholds_with_elderlytextIdentifies households with at least one member 60 years of age or older.
Households with Childrenhouseholds_with_childrentextIdentifies households with at least one member under the age of 18 years old.
Economic Development Regioneconomic_development_regiontextName of the New York State Economic Development Region.
Income Groupsincome_groupstextRanges of annual household income in 2015 dollars
Percent of Poverty Levelpercent_of_poverty_leveltextPercent of poverty level group based on household income as a percent of 2015 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines (HHSPG).
Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) Grouplow_to_moderate_income_grouptextName of income group: Very Low Income, Low Income, Moderate Income, or Non-LMI Household. See data dictionary for definition of each income group
Household Typehousehold_typetextHousehold composition type: Elderly (60+) Head, Elderly (60+) Individual, Older (40-59) with children, Older (40-59) with no children, Younger (Up to 40) with children, or Younger (Up to 40) with no children
Non-elderly Disabled Indicatornon_elderly_disabled_indicatornumberIdentifies households with at least one disabled, non-elderly individual with a “1”, and all other household types with a “0”
Race / Ethnicityrace_ethnicitytextName of Race/Ethnicity: Asian, Black, Hispanic, Other, or White
Linguistic Isolationlinguistic_isolationtextIdentifies when no member of the household 16 years or older reported they speak English well or very well: Linguistically Isolated Hispanic, Linguistically Isolated Other, or Not Linguistically Isolated
Housing Unit Typehousing_unit_typetextHousing unit type: 1 - Single Family Attached, 2- Single Family Detached, 3 - Small Multi-Family (2-4 units), 4 - Moderate Multi-Family (5-50 units), 5 - Large Multi-Family (50+ units), or 6 - Mobile Homes & Other
Owner-Renter Statusowner_renter_statustextOwner-Renter status: Own, Rent/Other
Main Heating Fuel Typemain_heating_fuel_typetextMain space heating fuel type: 1 - Electric, 2 - Utility Gas, 3 - Fuel Oil, 4 - Propane, 4 - Other Fuels, or 6 - No Fuels Used
Home Energy Payment Methodhome_energy_payment_methodtextHow the household pays the heating fuel bill: Heat included in rent or fee, Only pays non-heat electric direct-to-vendor, or Pays heating bill direct-to-vendor
Housing Vintagehousing_vintagetextAge range of house
LMI Study Regionlmi_study_regiontextNew York study regions developed for this analysis: Central, Eastern, Long Island, NYC I, NYC II, NYC III, or Western
LMI Population Segmentlmi_population_segmenttextSpecific LMI population segments that separate the population on dimensions of income, owner/renter, and housing unit type: #1 – Low-Income Renters in Multifamily (5+ Unit) Buildings, #2 – Moderate-Income Renters in Multifamily (5+ Unit) Buildings, #3 – Low-Income Owners in Single-Family & Small Multifamily (2-4 Unit) Homes, #4 – Moderate-Income Owners of Single-Family & Small Multifamily (2-4 Unit) Homes, #5 – Low-Income Renters in Single-Family & Small Multifamily (2-4 Units) Homes, #6 – Moderate-Income Renters in Single-Family & Small Multifamily (2-4 Units) Homes, #7 – Low/Moderate-Income Owners & Renters in Mobile Homes, #8 – Low/Moderate-Income Owners in Multifamily (5+ Unit) Buildings, or Non-LMI
Mortgage Indicatormortgage_indicatortextFor houses that are owned, indicates if the owner has a mortgage: Yes or No. NA is given for houses that are rented
Time in Hometime_in_hometextRanges of length of time (in years) living in home
Education Leveleducation_leveltextHighest education level achieved by household head: Less than High School Diploma, High School Diploma, Some College, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Graduate Degree
Head of Household Agehead_of_household_agetextAge range of household head.
Household Weighthousehold_weightnumberThe household weight is a number assigned to each record that indicates the number of households in the population that the observation represents. Because the American Community Survey (ACS) collects information from a sample of households, rather than from all households in the population, the results need to be weighted to generate estimates for the entire population of households. Each record’s weight does not represent the number of households in the population with the exact same array of all characteristics as that particular sampled household. Rather, the weights account for the survey sampling and design approach, variation in response the survey across areas, and differences between the sample and external estimates of basic demographic characteristics to produce ACS estimates that conform to population and housing estimates. The household weights are provided in the ACS microdata files. More information about the household weight and how it is used for producing statistics can be found here: https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/methodology/design_and_methodology/acs_design_methodology_ch11_2014.pdf.