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Component Description

The Housing Characteristics section (variable name prefixes HOQ or HOD) provides family-level interview data on the number of rooms in home and whether the home is owned or rented. The variables HOQ.040 (age of home), HOQ.060 (time lived in home), HOQ.070 (source of tap water for home), and HOQ.080 and HOQ.085 (water treatment device use and type, respectively) were dropped from the questionnaire in 2011-12.

Eligible Sample

One survey participant in each family responds to the HOQ for the entire family. The information this respondent gives is then applied for all family members in the same household.

Interview Setting and Mode of Administration

These questions were asked, in the home, by trained interviewers using the Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) system.

Quality Assurance & Quality Control

The questionnaire data was systematically reviewed for logical, processing, and data input errors on a periodic basis during the data collection process.

The CAPI system is programmed with built-in consistency checks to reduce data entry errors. CAPI also uses online help screens to assist interviewers in defining key terms used in the questionnaire.

Data Processing and Editing

Multiple families in the same household may be selected as participants in the study. Sometimes, the data collected from different families living in the same household has discrepancies. These discrepancies are left as reported.

HOD050 Number of rooms in home: Any response provided for this question that was equal or greater than 13 was grouped into one category and released as 13.

Analytic Notes

Although these data were collected as part of the household questionnaire, if they are merged with the MEC exam data, exam sample weights should be used for the analyses.

Please refer to the NHANES Analytic Guidelines and the on-line NHANES Tutorial for further details on the use of sample weights and other analytic issues.

Codebook and Frequencies

SEQN - Respondent sequence number

Variable Name:
SAS Label:
Respondent sequence number
English Text:
Respondent sequence number.
Both males and females 0 YEARS - 150 YEARS

HOD050 - Number of rooms in home

Variable Name:
SAS Label:
Number of rooms in home
English Text:
How many rooms are in this home? Count the kitchen but not the bathroom.
English Instructions:
Both males and females 0 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 1 63 63
2 2 241 304
3 3 924 1228
4 4 1863 3091
5 5 1972 5063
6 6 1709 6772
7 7 1117 7889
8 8 776 8665
9 9 410 9075
10 10 309 9384
11 11 162 9546
12 12 67 9613
13 13 or more 90 9703
777 Refused 4 9707
999 Don't know 0 9707
. Missing 49 9756

HOQ065 - Home owned, bought, rented, other

Variable Name:
SAS Label:
Home owned, bought, rented, other
English Text:
Is this {mobile home/house/apartment} owned, being bought, rented, or occupied by some other arrangement by {you/you or someone else in your family}?
Both males and females 0 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Owned or being bought 5003 5003
2 Rented 4434 9437
3 Other arrangement 259 9696
7 Refused 9 9705
9 Don't know 2 9707
. Missing 49 9756