Continuous Household Survey

Background Information / Details of the Survey

This survey asks questions on a variety of topics, such as internet access, the environment, tourism, libraries, health, sport and education.

The Survey is designed to provide a regular source of information on a wide range of issues relevant to Northern Ireland. It has been running since 1983, with recent results covering housing characteristics, changing population, tourism, participation in sports, arts and culture and attitudes towards the environment. We are carrying-out this survey for a number of Government Departments and Agencies.

Received a letter?

The information leaflet explains all about the survey in detail.

A copy of the letter send to households can be viewed here.

Our interviewers will present their official ID when they call - a copy of this card can be viewed here.

You can view the letters sent to respondents and alternative language versions here.

If you have any questions please phone or email Michael Bennett on 02890 255120,


The Continuous Household Survey is based on a systematic random sample of 9,000 addresses drawn each year from the Pointer list of domestic addresses. Pointer is the address database for Northern Ireland maintained by Land & Property Services (LPS). More information on Pointer.

Data is collected by personal interview using CAPI, and the interviews are spread equally over the 12 months from April to March.


A copy of the current questionnaire can be viewed here

Topics include:

Tenure Household Internet Access
Car Access Children Travel to School
Environmental Issues and Actions Taken Domestic Tourism – Overnight Trips
Domestic Tourism – Day Trips Sports Participation
Use of Public Library Services/Museum Services Participation in Arts Activities and Arts Events
Use of PRONI and Inland Waterways Use of Irish and Ulster-Scots languages
Mobile Phone Ownership Individual Internet Access and Usage
Well Being Education
General Health Smoking
Drinking Road Safety
Employment Accidents/Illness at Work
Cycle/Walk to Work Income and Benefits
Religion, Sexual Identity, National Identity  


Results / Publications

Result tables are available for the following topics - view the results tables

Household Composition
Individual Demographics
Accommodation and Tenure
Families and Children
Internet Access
Environmental Issues
Access to Cars

For Tourism Statistics please contact:

Ian Stanley
02890 255162

For Sports, Arts and Leisure Statistics please contact:

Celeste McCallion 
028 9082 9106

Archived CHS results tables are available for the following topics, please click on the topic name to be re-directed to the results tables:

If you have any queries about archived data, please contact:

Michael Bennett
02890 255120

Microdata / Datasets

CHS Datasets can be found on the ESRC UK data archive.


For more information on the CHS please contact:

Michael Bennett
02890 255120

For Tourism Statistics please contact:

Ian Stanley
028 9052 9563

For Sports, Arts and Leisure Statistics please contact:

Celeste McCallion
028 9082 9106

Central Survey Unit

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