The unweighted sample sizes for the survey were: (52)
|Category||Los Angeles||New York City||Total|
|Number of households||1,893||1,554||3,347|
|Number of focal people:|
|Total number of people, including non-focal||7,031||4,201||11,232|
* There are also some people 65 or older who are classified as respondents or spouses.
Although the total sample size of people was substantially larger in Los Angeles, the number of households in each city was relatively close. Immigrant households in Los Angeles tend to have more members than those in New York, so the total unweighted sample size differed. As noted below, sample weights were used to scale the relative differences in the two cities.
The overall response rate for LANYCIS was 69 percent, although the rate was lower in New York City than Los Angeles.(53) Although there are few comparable surveys, we felt that the response rate was reasonable, given the expected difficulties of contacting and interviewing immigrants (particularly low-income immigrants) in urban areas. The response rate is based on responses of the primary respondent; the rate for the second respondent (R2) was substantially lower (34 percent). After a lengthy interview with one person in a household, it was hard to secure an interview with another household member. The table below summarizes various components of the survey and their respective response rates for the primary respondent.
|Response rates for primary respondent||Los Angeles Co.||New York City||Both Cities|
|In-person, from food stamp list||83%||73%|
|Telephone, from food stamp list||77%||63%|