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Household Victimization Variable Descriptions



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Aggregate type of crime (newcrime)

Household victimization includes all property victimization, household burglary, motor vehicle theft, and theft. This category includes both attempted and completed crimes.

Value Description
3 Property Victimization


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Head of household age (hhage)

The respondent's age on the last day of the month before the interview. The NCVS collects information on household members age 12 or older. The age of the head of household is used for computing household crime demographics.

Value Description
1 18 to 19
2 20 to 34
3 35 to 49
4 50 to 64
5 65 or older


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Hispanic origin of head of household (hhhisp)

The classification of the head of household based on Hispanic culture and origin, without considering race.

Value Description
1 Hispanic
2 Non-Hispanic


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Household Income (hincome)

The total income of the household head and all members of the household for the 12 months preceding the interview. Includes wages, salaries, net income from businesses or farms, pensions, interest, dividends, rent, and any other form of monetary income.

Value Description
1 Less than $7,500
2 $7,500 to $14,999
3 $15,000 to $24,999
4 $25,000 to $34,999
5 $35,000 to $49,999
6 $50,000 to $74,999
7 $75,000 or more
88 Unknown


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Household Size (hnumber)

The total number of people residing in the household. This includes household members under the age of 12.

Value Description
1 One
2 Two-three
3 Four-five
4 Six or more


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Location of Incident (locationr)

A measure of where the victimization occurred. This is asked of victims of both personal and household victimization. The locations include at the victim's home; near the victim's home; at or near a friend, neighbor, or relative's home; at a commercial place; in a parking lot or garage; in other public areas (i.e. in open areas, on the street, on public transportation); at school; or somewhere else.

Value Description
1 At or near victim's home
2 At or near friend, neighbor, or relative's home
3 Commercial place, parking lot, or other public area
4 School
5 Other location


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Location of Residence (msa)

The Office of Management and Budget defines this as a population nucleus of 50,000 or more, generally consisting of a city and its immediate suburbs, along with adjacent communities having a high degree of economic and social integration with the nucleus. MSAs are designated by counties, the smallest geographic units for which a wide range of statistical data can be attained. However, in New England, MSAs are designated by cities and towns since these subcounty units are of great local significance and considerable data are available for them. Currently, an area is defined as an MSA if it meets one of two standards: (1) A city has a population of at least 50,000 residents; (2) the Census Bureau defines an urbanized area of at least 50,000 people with a total metropolitan population of at least 100,000 (or 75,000 in New England). The Census Bureau's definition of urbanized areas, data on commuting to work, and the strength of the economic and social ties between the surrounding counties and the central city determine which counties not containing a main city are included in an MSA. For New England, MSAs are determined by a core area and related cities and towns, not counties. A Metropolitan Statistical Area may contain more than one city of 50,000 residents and may cross state lines.

Value Description
1 Urban
2 Suburban
3 Rural


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Population size (popsize)

The size range for the place in which the housing unit is located. "Not a place" is a concentration of population that is not either legally bounded as an incorporated place having an active government or delineated for statistical purposes as a census designated place with definite geographic boundaries such as a city, town, or village

Value Description
0 Not a place
1 Under 100,000
2 100,000-249,999
3 250,000-499,999
4 500,000-999,999
5 1 million or more


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Race of head of household (hhrace1R)

Racial categories defined by the Office of Management and Budget are American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and White. The race of the head of household is used in determining the race of the household for computing household crime demographics. Coding for race is White, Black, and Other (this includes American Indians and Alaska Natives; Asians, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders; and persons of two or more races).

Value Description
1 White
2 Black
3 Other


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Race/Hispanic origin of head of household (hheth1R)

Racial categories defined by the Office of Management and Budget are American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and White. The race of the head of household is used in determining the race of the household for computing household crime demographics. Hispanic origin is the classification based on Hispanic culture and origin, without considering race. Coding for race/Hispanic origin of head of household is non-Hispanic White, non-Hispanic Black, non-Hispanic other (this includes American Indians and Alaska Natives; Asians, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders; and persons of two or more races), and Hispanic.

Value Description
1 Non-Hispanic White
2 Non-Hispanic Black
3 Non-Hispanic Other
4 Hispanic


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Region (region)

The States have been divided into four groups or census regions: Northeast, Midwest, South, and West. The Northeast includes the 9 states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Midwest includes the 12 states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The South includes the District of Columbia and the 16 states of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. The West includes the 13 states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Value Description
1 Northeast
2 Midwest
3 South
4 West


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Reporting to the police (notify)

Specifies whether the crime was reported to police or not. For the calculation of the household victimization rate by reporting to the police, use the total household population as the denominator.

Value Description
1 Yes, reported to the police
2 No, did not report to the police
3 Do Not Know


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Sex of head of household (hhgen)

The respondent's sex. The sex of the head of household is used for computing household crime demographics.

Value Description
1 Male
2 Female


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Type of crime (newoff)

Household victimization includes all property victimization, household burglary, motor vehicle theft, and theft. This category includes both attempted and completed crimes. Property victimization includes burglary, motor vehicle theft, or theft.

Household Burglary: Unlawful or forcible entry or attempted entry into a residence. This crime usually, but not always, involves theft. The illegal entry may be by force, such as breaking a window or slashing a screen, or may be without force by entering through an unlocked door or an open window. If the person entering has no legal right to be present in the structure, a burglary has occurred. The structure need not be the house itself for a burglary to take place; illegal entry into a garage, shed, or any other structure on the premises also constitutes burglary. If breaking and entering occurs in a hotel or vacation residence, it is still classified as a burglary for the household whose member or members were staying there at the time the illegal entry occurred.

Motor Vehicle Theft: The unlawful taking, or attempted taking, of self-propelled road vehicle owned by another, with the intent to permanently or temporarily depriving the owner of possession. Excludes vehicle parts.

Theft: The taking or attempted unlawful taking of property or cash without personal contact with the victim. Incidents involving theft of property from within a household are classified as theft if the offender has a legal right to be in the house (such as a maid, delivery person, or guest). If the offender has no legal right to be in the house, the incident is classified as a burglary.


Value Description
6 Household Burglary
7 Motor Vehicle Theft
8 Theft


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Victim Services (vicservices)

A measure of whether victims received any help or advice from victim service agencies. This is asked of victims of both personal and household victimization. Victim service agencies are publicly or privately funded organizations that provide victims with support and services to aid their physical and emotional recovery, offer protection from future victimizations, guide them through the criminal justice system process, and assist them in obtaining restitution.

Value Description
1 Services received from victim service agencies
2 No services received from victim service agencies


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Weight (weight)

Weight Definition

Value Description
Household The weight is attached to the household population file and is used to calculate an estimate of households covered by the NCVS. In a calculation of household victimization rate, the weight is used to determine the denominator.
Victimization The weight used to calculate an estimate of victimizations. In a calculation of victimization rate they are used to determine the numerator. This weight also accounts for high-frequency repeat victimizations, or series victimizations. High-frequency repeat victimizations, or series victimizations, are six or more similar but separate victimizations that occur with such frequency that the victim is unable to recall each individual event or describe event in detail. BJS has decided to count series victimizations using the victim's estimate of the number of times the victimizations occurred over the past 6 months, capping the number within each series at a maximum of 10 victimizations. Including series victimizations in national estimates can substantially increase the number and rate of violent victimization; however, treads in violence are generally similar regardless of whether series victimizations are included.


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Year (year)

Year of Victimization

Value Description
1993-2015 Valid Years



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