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BATHROOMS
Number of bathrooms

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Description

BATHROOMS indicates the number of bathrooms in the dwelling available for use by the household.

Comparability — Index

GENERAL
Brazil
Canada
Hungary
Puerto Rico
United States
Venezuela

Comparability — General

The samples differ considerably in their requirements for what constitutes a bathroom and in whether to count bathrooms shared by multiple households. Not all samples imply the presence of a toilet or similar facility in the bathroom question.

The U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada samples identified half and complete baths. Half-baths are not counted in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, but they are part of the count of bathrooms in Canada.

The samples differ in their use of top coding. The variable as a whole is top coded at 10 or more bathrooms.

Comparability — Brazil [top]

The Brazilian censuses defined a bathroom as a room or walled place with either a toilet or hole for excrements. To be counted, a bathroom had to be available for use of the household, but it did not have to be located within the dwelling unit or be for the exclusive use of the household.

Comparability — Canada [top]

BATHROOMS is the sum of half and full baths. The count of both types is available in the unharmonized source variable.

Comparability — Hungary [top]

Bathrooms are rooms used for bathing. They do not imply the presence of a toilet, which was recorded in a separate question in the censuses. The 2001 census did not require the presence of a fixed bath or shower, only the use of the room for bathing purposes.

Comparability — Puerto Rico [top]

Half-baths are not counted as bathrooms; households with only a half-bathroom are combined with households having zero baths.

A "complete" bathroom has a flush toilet, bathing facilities, and a wash basin with piped water; a "half" bathroom had to have at least a flush toilet. Counts of half and complete baths are retained in the unharmonized source variables.

The bathrooms are top-coded at 2.

Comparability — United States [top]

Half-baths are not counted as bathrooms; households with only a half-bathroom are combined with households having zero baths.

A "complete" bathroom has hot piped water, a flush toilet, bathing facilities, and a wash basin; a "half" bathroom had to have at least a flush toilet or bathing facilities. Counts of half and complete baths are retained in the unharmonized source variables.

In 1960 only 80% of households received the questionnaire containing the bathroom question.

Comparability — Venezuela [top]

The 2001 samples defines bathroom as any room with a tub or shower in the dwelling.

Universe

  • Brazil 1991: Not group quarters or improvised dwellings
  • Brazil 2000: Not group quarters or improvised dwellings
  • Brazil 2010: Not group quarters or improvised dwellings
  • Canada 1981: Private households
  • Colombia 2005: All households
  • Hungary 1970: Non-collective dwellings
  • Hungary 1980: Non-collective dwellings
  • Hungary 1990: Non-collective dwellings
  • Hungary 2001: Non-collective dwellings
  • Puerto Rico 1980: Private occupied dwellings
  • Puerto Rico 1990: Private occupied dwellings
  • United States 1960: Not group quarters (answered by only 80% of households)
  • United States 1970: Not group quarters
  • United States 1980: Not group quarters
  • Uruguay 2006: All households
  • Venezuela 2001: Permanently occupied private dwellings

Availability

  • Brazil: 1991, 2000, 2010
  • Canada: 1981
  • Colombia: 2005
  • Hungary: 1970, 1980, 1990, 2001
  • Puerto Rico: 1980, 1990
  • United States: 1960, 1970, 1980
  • Uruguay: 2006
  • Venezuela: 2001