SA General Household Survey Mapping Viewer

The most comprehensive annual source of information on the socio-economic characteristics of the South African population


What is the SA General Household Survey (GHS)?

  • It is a national representative survey done by Statistics South Africa on an annual basis
  • The GHS is released about a year after the survey is completed in the field
  • Over 68 000 people and households are interviewed each year

What is unique about this data?

  • Using a unique method developed by AfricaScope, the GHS data is mapped as Circle Point Thematic maps
  • The centre of the circles of points shows where the interviews were done
  • The points making up the circles represent the individuals/households interviewed
  • The different point colours show each respondent’s answer to a particular question in the GHS survey (e.g. are you employed, what is the market value of your house?)
  • Circle Point Thematic maps is a qualitative methods that allows you to rapidly discern patterns in the survey data

What variables are contained in the data?

  • Individual data – demographics, education levels & quality, type of transport, disease, disability, social grants, income, & many more
  • Household data – housing characteristics, access to services, telecommunications, subsistence agriculture, market value of house & many more

What can the data be used for?

  • The levels of employment map shows where the number of people that are not employed (black dots) are higher compared to those that are employed
  • The Market Value of Houses shows average market value of houses and how it differs from one area to another
  • There are many more analyses of the GHS data that can be done to rapidly inform decision making

Viewing GHS mapped data

View the GHS data and call us to see how we can provide variables of interest to you.


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