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Must use 1+ steps to enter dwelling from outside

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STEPSTOHOME indicates whether the person must use steps to enter their dwelling from the outside. If steps are used, STEPSTOHOME indicates whether there are one or more steps. For multi-unit structures, stairs or steps inside the building used to gain access to the unit are counted, as well as stairs or steps from outside the building.

STEPSTOHOME was introduced in 1984 as part of the Study on Aging. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


Changes to the universe will reduce comparability over time. In 1984, the universe for STEPSTOHOME is sample persons age 55 and older. In 1986, the universe for this variable is persons age 65 and over. Please see the Universe tab for more details.


  • 1984: Sample persons age 55+.
  • 1986: Persons age 65+.


  • 1984, 1986