ABAG Shaken Awake! Report -
Other (Non-Classified) Buildings


The Issue of "Other"

The category defined as "Other" in the report does so according to the definition of the U.S. Census; "Other" is used in the U.S. Census when a householder lives in a structure not included in the alternatives defined by the Census Bureau. This option includes alternative types of shelter such as boats, tents, caves, or railcars. However, the Census data is merely a compilation of questionnaires filled in by residents. Unfortunately, the "Other" category became a catch-all which, in the minds of those filling out the questionnaire, also included flats, single-room-occupancy hotels, condos, and homeless. This number is therefore high, but we have no data to correct it. However, because we did have data on the larger structures, these extra units result in an undercounting of newer single-family wood, not more complex or vulnerable structures.

ABAG, the Association of Bay Area Governments, is the regional planning and services agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

This page is based on a 1996 ABAG report. It was last updated 9/29/03 by jbp.