Joint Programming Initiative

More Years, Better Lives

The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change

Results of the Microcensus housing survey
Ergebnisse der Wohnungserhebung im Mikrozensus

Housing, Urban Development and Mobility
Relevance for this Topic
Country Austria
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Contact information

ADir. Wilhelm Janik
Statistics Austria
Guglgasse 13
A-1110 Vienna
Phone: +43 (1)71128-8338
Email: mikrozensus(at); ake(at)
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Timeliness, transparency

There is one year between collection and publication of results.

Type of data


Type of Study

Longitude survey: long-term study of the same sample

Data gathering method

Telephone interview (CATI)

Face-to-face interview (CAPI, PAPI)

Initial survey by face-to-face interviews; follow-up survey by telephone interviews (CATI)

Access to data

Microlevel data accessible upon demand, free download of publication

Conditions of access

Free download of publication

Aggregated tables

Publications available in PDF format.

Publication is available in German only but contains an English summary and English headings for tables.


Data collection ongoing since 2004. The sample size is approximately 22,000 households per quarter and participation is mandatory by law.


Size of household, number of population of Austrian Länder, age, sex, citizenship

Central Register of Residence Registrations (Zentrales Melderegister - ZMR)

Throughout Austria

No restrictions

Survey provides a picture of housing conditions and standard of living. Data collected on structure of the housing stock (dwellings used as mains residences), fixtures and fittings, legal basis of dwellings, social status of the household reference person, cost for rented flats, monthly housing costs, average floor space of dwellings, characteristics of rental contract (data of issuance, limitation). Corresponds to Housing, Urban Development and Mobility Topic


Use of software BLAISE, developed by Statistics Netherlands and used worldwide by several National Statistical Offices

Linkage is possible with the Austrian Microcensus data, microcensus data are available for all countries of the European Union

Data quality

No errors reported

No breaks reported; Comparability with results of former surveys

Clear terminology, explanation of terms used


Strengths: The survey includes socio-demographic data and can be linked with microcensus data (comparability with other EU-countries). It uses a high quality sample and a large sample size. The data is current and this survey is continuous over many years. Weaknesses: Related to the general limitations of the Microcensus and that is the data is largely generated within a framework determined by administrative and official needs.

  • The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
  • Maria M. Hofmarcher
  • (see Partners)