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New and Revised 2017 AHS Data Just Released

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Today, HUD and Census announced several major new data releases from the 2017 American Housing Survey (AHS) along with minor revisions to existing 2017 AHS summary tables and Public Use File (PUF) estimates. With this latest release, users have access to the most up-to-date information on a wide range of housing subjects.

New 2017 Metro Summary Table Estimates and PUF (v 1.0)

HUD and Census released new 2017 Metropolitan Area estimates for 10 large metropolitan areas—including new AHS Table Creator estimates and a 2017 AHS Metropolitan Area PUF (v1.0). This set of 10 large metropolitan areas is the second half of our "Next 20" group of metropolitan areas, and will be surveyed again in 2021. The 10 large metropolitan areas are included in the new release:

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
Birmingham, AL
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
Oklahoma City
Richmond, VA
Rochester, NY
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL


New 2017 State Summary Table Estimates

We also released 2017 AHS summary table estimates for nine states. These new state estimates are only available in Table Creator and were not added to the PUF microdata. State estimates are available for all subject tables within the AHS Table Creator. Data for these states are now available:

New York*

*2015 estimates are also available.

New 2017 AHS Commuting Summary Table Estimates and PUF Variables

The 2017 AHS featured a topical module on commuting costs. Today's release adds two new topical tables from this module—"Commuting to Work by Mode of Transportation" and "Annual Commuting Costs by Type of Commuter"—to the AHS Table Creator. We also released microdata for 20 new commuting cost variables in the 2017 AHS National PUF (v 2.0) and Metropolitan Areas PUF (v1.0). Those variable can be identified by using the AHS Codebook Database and filtering on Survey Year: "2017" and Topic/Subtopic: Commuting (select all subtopics).


New "Top 15 Metros" Geography Variable in Table Creator

In this latest release, HUD and Census added a new geography option—"Top 15 Metropolitan Areas"—to the AHS Table Creator column variable drop-down menus. Users can now compare data quickly and easily across the 15 largest metropolitan areas by creating side-by-side comparisons for each area—eliminating the need to download AHS Table Creator tables for each one. These metropolitan areas are sorted from largest to smallest according to 2013 ACS population totals.

For more information about changes to Table Creator, see


Revised 2017 National Summary Table and PUF Estimates

HUD and Census also released revised estimates for the 2017 AHS National PUF (v2.0), and the 2017 AHS Table Creator. The revisions are minor, but all 2017 estimates have changed slightly from the previous release. In addition, an error in the variable REMODAMT (total cost of home improvement jobs in last two years) has been corrected on the PUF and public sewer data is now imputed, which is reflected on both the PUF and in Table Creator.

For more information about changes to the 2017 National PUF, see


Thank you for your continued interest in the American Housing Survey. The AHS team is committed to making it as easy as possible to access and use AHS data. We want to hear from you. If you have questions or suggestions, call us at 1-800-245-2691 or email us at