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ZA5611: Living Spaces - Public Opinion Survey of the BBR 2000 - 2012 (Trend Variables)

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  • ZA5611_v3-0-0.dta (Dataset Stata) 9 MBytes
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LebensRäume - Bevölkerungsumfrage des BBSR 2000 - 2012 (Variablenauswahl)
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Citation Citation Böltken, Ferdinand; Sturm, Gabriele; Walther, Antje (2015): Living Spaces - Public Opinion Survey of the BBR 2000 - 2012 (Trend Variables). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5611 Data file Version 3.0.0,
Study No.ZA5611
TitleLiving Spaces - Public Opinion Survey of the BBR 2000 - 2012 (Trend Variables)
Current Version3.0.0, 2015-1-30,
Date of Collection2000 - 2012
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Böltken, Ferdinand - Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung (BBR), Bonn
  • Sturm, Gabriele - Bundesinstitut für Bau- Stadt- und Raumforschung (BBSR) im Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung (BBR), Bonn
  • Walther, Antje - Bundesinstitut für Bau- Stadt- und Raumforschung (BBSR) im Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung (BBR), Bonn


AbstractDescription of the housing situation and the living environment as well as corresponding satisfaction with the housing situation; relocation mobility; description of the social structure in the residential area as well as assessment of the relationship between foreigners and Germans; gainful employment and assessment of the economic situation of private households; general satisfaction with life; regional classifications. The dataset contains cumulated and harmonised data from the BBSR´s annual cross-sectional surveys since 2000. The entire questionnaire was not applied every year. Only regularly collected data are therefore included in the cumulation. The individual surveys are documented separately with a complete questionnaire. Topics: Place of residence: size of the place of residence, inner-city location of the respondent, year of moving to the place. Residential status: year of occupancy, residential status rent/property. Housing costs: total cost of the dwelling, ancillary costs for heating and hot water, cycle of ancillary costs, amount of annual ancillary costs, receipt of housing benefit, assessment of rental costs. Home ownership: type of ownership acquisition, use of state subsidies. Apartment equipment: size of the apartment in m², number of living spaces, assessment of the apartment size, equipment with kitchen, guest toilet, insulated windows, balcony/ terrace, garden, garage/ parking space, assessment of the equipment with regard to personal needs. Type of building: construction period, size of the building, condition of the building, age of the building. Satisfaction: with the home, the immediate living environment, environmental conditions, place of residence, general satisfaction with life. Residential area and social structure: structure of the residential area, subjectively perceived population composition in the residential area. Perception of the coexistence of Germans and foreigners: relationship between Germans and foreigners in the residential environment, citizenship, contact with foreigners/ contact with Germans. Relocation mobility: project to move within the next 2 years, reason for relocation, relocation preference city/ country. Economic situation/ employment status: self-assessment of economic situation, occupational activity (short), job security, compatibility of family and occupation, number of cars in the household, occupational status (long), working hours, occupational groups, status in occupational groups, net household income (DM, EURO). Demography: sex, age, marital status, household composition, school leaving certificate, vocational/study certificate, employment status of household members. Regional variables: Additionally coded: east-west allocation; federal state; BIK community type, city and community type of the BBSR. Further regional variables (such as region types, context indicators) can be provided by the BBSR if required. Weighting factors: person weight, household weight.
Categories Categories
  • Society, Culture
  • Community, urban and rural life
  • Social conditions and indicators
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 5.2 Community, urban and rural life
  • 5.6 Social conditions and indicators


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniverseGerman-speaking persons aged 18 years and older in private households
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
Probability Sample: Multistage Sample
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Face-to-face interview: Computer-assisted (CAPI/CAMI)
  • Telephone interview: Computer-assisted (CATI)
2000 to 2005: face-to-face-in multi-topic survey (face-to-face omnibus) with standardized questionnaire (CAPI) and increase in East Germany by telephone survey (CATI); 2006 to 2012: face-to-face survey with standardised questionnaire (CAPI).
Data Collector2000 to 2002: NFO Infratest Sozialforschung, München; 2003 to 2012: TNS Infratest Sozialforschung, München
Date of Collection
  • 2000 - 2012 (2000: Autumn; 2001: Autumn; 2002: Autumn; 2003: October 30 - December 3 2004: October 14 - November 18 2005: October 14 - November 14 2006: October 6 - November 20 2007: October 2 - November 30 2008: October 17 - Dezember 7 2009: September 25 - November 15 2010: September 24 - November 18 2011: September 23 - November 14 2012: September 20 - November 12)

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
3.0.0 (current version)2015-1-30 2012 added
2.0.02013-7-24 2011 added
1.0.02012-5-29 first archive edition
Errata in current version
2015-4-7kon_ausVariable integrated for 2003 is not comparable with variables of other years: data on contact to foreigners in the own family, and not in the neighbourhood (see ZA5603 q107g3).
2015-4-7kon_deuVariable integrated for 2003 is not comparable with variables of other years: data on contact to foreigners in the own family, and not in the neighbourhood (see ZA5603 q108g3).
2015-4-7erwachsIn the surveys 2011, 2012 there are two variables on "adults living in household": s12g4 ´People in household aged 18-64´, and ´People in household aged +65´. Variable s12g5 is not integrated. Cases of variable ´erwachs´ on ´no answer´ (2011=1269; 2012=1060) include People living in household aged +65.
2015-4-7heizextrFor 2003 the maximum of the variable is 3. This is not in accordance with the distribution of the variable in the survey 2003 (see ZA5603, variable q022s).
2015-4-7hhgrupp2Notification: For the years 2006, 2008, 2009-2012 is the number of cases on ´no answer´ appreciable small. In the surveys 2009, 2011, and 2012 there is an additional variable indicating the source of the income-information, with following categories: 0 ´no answer´; 1 ´Answer from respondent´; 2 ´Income as estimated from interviewer´. This variables could explain the low number of cases on ´no answer´ (see variable s14sang in ZA5609, ZA5699, ZA5851). For the other years there is no reference to estimated information.
2015-4-7Variables on amounts of moneyNotification: Amounts of money in the cumulated dataset are coded in German Marcs (DM) for 2000 and 2001. After 2002 are coded in Euro.
Version changes

Further Remarks

Number of Units: 50573
Number of Variables: 113
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung – BBSR (Hrsg.) / Sturm, Gabriele; Walther, Antje (Bearbeitung): Lebensqualität in kleinen Städten und Landgemeinden. Aktuelle Befunde der BBSR-Umfrage (= BBSR-Berichte KOMPAKT 5/2011). Bonn: Selbstverlag des BBR 2011.,templateId=raw,property=publicationFile.pdf/DL_5_2011.pdf
  • Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung – BBSR (Hrsg.) / Sturm, Gabriele; Walther, Antje (Bearbeitung): Stadtansichten. Befunde der BBSR-Umfrage aus Groß- und Mittelstädten (= BBSR-Berichte KOMPAKT 6/2011). Bonn: Selbstverlag des BBR 2011.,templateId=raw,property=publicationFile.pdf/DL_6_2011.pdf
  • Sturm, Gabriele; Walther, Antje: Lebenszufriedenheit – generationstypisch? Befunde der laufenden BBSR-Umfrage. In: BBSR (Hrsg.) / Maretzke, Steffen (Bearbeitung): DGD/BBSR-Dezembertagung 2010: Demografische Spuren des ostdeutschen Transformationsprozesses. 20 Jahre Deutsche Einheit (= BBSR-Online-Publikation 03.2011, S. 4-11).
  • Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung – BBSR (Hrsg.) / Sturm, Gabriele; Walther, Antje (Bearbeitung): Landleben – Landlust? Wie Menschen in Kleinstädten und Landgemeinden über ihr Lebensumfeld urteilen (= BBSR-Berichte KOMPAKT 10/2010). Bonn: Selbstverlag des BBR 2010.,templateId=raw,property=publicationFile.pdf/DL_10_2010.pdf
  • Sturm, Gabriele;Walther, Antje: Angleichung von Lebensbedingungen seit der deutschen Einheit – die Bürgersicht. In: Informationen zur Raumentwicklung, 10/11.2010, S. 715-726.,templateId=raw,property=publicationFile.pdf/DL_SturmWalther.pdf
  • Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung – BBR (Hrsg.) / Sturm, Gabriele (Projektleitung): Leben in deutschen Städten. Bonn: Selbstverlag des BBR 2008.
  • Sturm, Gabriele; Meyer, Katrin: „hin und her“ oder „hin und weg“ – zur Ausdifferenzierung großstädtischer Wohnsuburbanisierung. In: Informationen zur Raumentwicklung, 3/4.2008, S. 229-243.,templateId=raw,property=publicationFile.pdf/DL_sturmmeyer.pdf
  • Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung – BBR (Hrsg.): LebensRäume: Wohn- und Lebensbedingungen aus Sicht der Bewohnerinnen und Bewohner. Bonn: Selbstverlag des BBR 2006.
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