Although the SHS has a large sample that covers the whole of Scotland, it has some geographical limitations because of the sample sizes in small local authorities and because it is designed to be representative only at national and local authority level.
In particular, the SHS is designed to be nationally representative every quarter, representative for larger Local Authorities (LA) every year, and all LA's (regardless of size) over a two-year period.
It is not appropriate to undertake geographical analysis below local authority level since the sampling techniques used in some local authorities cannot guarantee representativeness in smaller areas.
National-level estimates of SHS data are published through the Annual Report - please see our Annual Report publication summary page for further information.
Sub-national estimates of SHS data are available on either an annual or bi-annual basis.
For larger local authorities in Scotland we can typically provide estimates for any single year of SHS data - the most recent release was for 2007 data.
For all other local authorities, the SHS only provides robust estimates over each survey two-year sweep. The most recent release was for 2005-06 data, with the next update being 2007-2008 data to be published in August 2009.
Please see our Annual Report publication summary page for further information.
The General Household Survey is an inter-departmental multi-purpose survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics on approximately 9,000 households and 16,000 adults aged 16 and over across Great Britain.