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Continuous Household Survey

The Continuous Household Survey (CHS) is one of the largest continuous surveys carried out in Northern Ireland.  The survey is designed, conducted and analysed by the Central Survey Unit of the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).  It is based on a sample of the general population resident in private households and has been running since 1983.  The Survey is designed to provide a regular source of information on a wide range of social and economic issues relevant to Northern Ireland. 

The CHS is an important source of information in Northern Ireland and is used by many Government departments and Agencies.  Regular clients include the Departments of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Culture Arts and Leisure, Regional Developments, Environment, Education, Employment and Learning and NISRA.  Regularly produced data includes information such as housing characteristics, changing population trends, domestic tourism statistics, participation in sports, arts and culture and attitudes towards environmental issues.


Summary tables of results from the recent 2012/13 CHS can be accessed in the results section of this site.  Information is also provided on the content of each year's CHS as well as details of recent questionnaires and publications.

Data from the CHS are archived every year in the UK Data Archive, and they can provide access to the databases for secondary analysis.


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