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Household weight 2004


HHWT04 is a 7-digit numeric variable.


In July 2005, the Census Bureau recalculated weights for ASEC 2004 using more age detail for children. These calculations, which produce the official weights used in the 2005 and 2006 ASEC supplements, provide better estimates of children by single year of age. HHWT04 is an alternative household-level weight to HWTSUPP, which was the household weight originally released with the ASEC 2004 data. For ASEC 2004, both of these household weights are made available through the IPUMS.

The CPS uses a complex stratified sampling scheme, and either HWTSUPP or HHWT04 must be used to produce unbiased household-level statistics from IPUMS-CPS. For individual-level variables, researchers should use WTFINL, WTSUPP, PERWT04, or EARNWT. To reproduce published basic monthly statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, use WTFINL.

HHWT04 generally has the same value as PERWT04 for the household head or reference person. Vacant housing units and households that could not be interviewed due to residents' absence or refusal to participate have a value of zero in HHWT04; such sampled units were included in the public use CPS data beginning in 1988.


HHWT04 is only available for 2004.

Comparability with IPUMS-USA

HHWT04 is fully comparable with the HHWT variable in the IPUMS census and ACS samples.


  • Interviewed households.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2004 - - X - - - - - - - - -


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