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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.

Eligible Sample

One survey participant in each family responded to the HOQ for the entire family. The information was 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 Interview (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

Sometimes, multiple families in the same household were selected as participants in the survey. Occasionally, the data collected from different families living in the same household had discrepancies. These discrepancies were left as they were 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 mobile examination center (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.

The question below was added in 2017-18. Data for this question is only available through the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC)

HOQ012 I would like to ask you a few questions about your home Please look at this card. Which best describes your house or building?

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 78 78
2 2 198 276
3 3 713 989
4 4 1693 2682
5 5 1848 4530
6 6 1562 6092
7 7 1115 7207
8 8 670 7877
9 9 415 8292
10 10 276 8568
11 11 79 8647
12 12 51 8698
13 13 or more 47 8745
777 Refused 8 8753
999 Don't know 27 8780
. Missing 474 9254

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 4871 4871
2 Rented 3690 8561
3 Other arrangement 202 8763
7 Refused 11 8774
9 Don't know 6 8780
. Missing 474 9254