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Definition

Usual residence n years ago

Please note: n = number.

Usual residence n years ago is the usual residence of a respondent n years prior to the date that the data is collected.

Usual residence n years ago indicator

The usual residence n years ago indicator is a respondent’s usual residence n years ago in relation to their usual residence on the date that the data is collected.

‘Usual residence’ is a supporting concept for usual residence n years ago and usual residence n years ago indicator, and is defined in the Glossary.

Operational issues

Some respondents, especially those who move frequently, will have difficulty in remembering where they lived n years ago. The larger the n, the worse the memory recall problems are likely to be. In addition, some respondents will remember back to more than n years ago, while others will remember back to less than n years ago. Thus, data may be incomplete or inaccurate.

Explanatory notes

Alternative names

In the past, the terms ‘usual residence 5 years ago’, ‘address 5 years ago’, ‘residence 5 years ago’, ‘residential address 5 years ago’, and ‘usual residential address 5 years ago’ have been used interchangeably. The terms ‘usual residence one year ago’, ‘usual address one year ago’, and ‘usual residential address one year ago’ have also been used interchangeably.

The use of only one term is essential for the standardisation process and avoids confusion. The reason for choosing the term ‘n years ago’ is to make the standard as general as possible to allow for multiple uses. The term ‘usual residence n years ago’ is consistent with the terms ‘usual residence’ and ‘years at usual residence’.

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