Survey Variable: Household Size

Figure 1. See also Table A1.

The household size variable indicates how many people live in respondents’ households and Figure 1 shows that slightly more than two fifths (42.8%) of the weighted sample live in two-person households. Further, slightly below one fifth (19.0%) live in three-person households, whilst approaching one third reside in either one-person (16.3%) or four-person (14.6%) households. Together, then, more than nine in ten (92.7%) respondents live in household of between one and four people. There is a very small group (0.6%, n = 9) who answered ‘Don’t know’ or ‘Prefer not to say’ to the question and are set as missing values in the recoded variable, which is graphed in Figure 2. The variable otherwise remains the same as the original and details of both are presented below Figure 2.

Figure 2. See also Table A2.
Variable nameback_houssize
Number of cases1,405
Number of categories10
Categories to code as missing‘Don’t know’ and ‘Prefer not to say’
Cases to code as missing9
Recoded variable nameback_houssize_mv
Number of cases1,396
Number of categories8
New and old categories‘1’ to ‘8’ = ‘1’ to ‘8’

Missing = ‘Don’t know’
+ ‘Prefer not to say’
Details of the original and recoded household size variables.

Published by joegreenwoodhau

Joe Greenwood-Hau is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Government & Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde, where he works on the Capital, Privilege and Political Participation in Britain and Beyond project.

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