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United Kingdom General Household Survey 2006 - UK Data Service


General Info
England, Scotland, Wales
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/2006 - 12/2006
Series or system 
United Kingdom General Household Survey
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview

The General Household Survey (GHS) is a multi-purpose continuous survey carried out since 1971 to collect basic information on people living in private households in the United Kingdom. In 2005, the GHS adopted a longitudinal design, but the 2006 dataset is cross-sectional, as it only contains data from 2006.

Two questionnaires were used for the survey: one for the household and one for the individual (an adult age 16 or older). Out of a sample of 13,316 households, a total of 9,731 households and 22,924 individuals were successfully interviewed.

The survey covered household characteristics, housing conditions and assets, employment, health and use of health services, smoking and drinking, marriage, cohabitation, and fertility.