The 2005 Cape Area Study is a survey of aspects of diversity and inequality in the city of Cape Town, South Africa. The survey is modelled on the Detroit Area Study, conducted over an extended period by the University of Michigan in the US.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data
Unit of Analysis
Households and individuals
The survey collected data on household characteristics (type, material, rooms, sanitation type) and demographic and other characteristics of household members (population group, age, gender, relationship to the respondent, education, employment situation, income). Data on the respondent's attitudes to and participation in the following was also collected: Politics and civil society, family, education, race and culture,
The Cape Town Metropolitan Area
The survey covered a sample of households and household members in Cape Town
Producers and sponsors
Centre for Social Science Research
University of Cape Town
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Sampling for CAS 2005 was designed to generate a representative sample of 1200 adults spread across metropolitan Cape Town. A two-stage cluster sample design was used. First, a sample of seventy 'enumerator areas' (EAs) was selected. Secondly, a sample of about 1820 households was selected in these EAs. Anticipated different response rates in different kinds of areas required oversampling in some areas.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Module A of the questionnaire collected basic data on dwelling characteristics and population group of the selected respondent.
Module B collected data on the values and social attitudes of the respondent
Module C collected data on the respondent's political attitudes and political participation
Module D collected data on the respondent's attitudes to and involvement with family and civil society
Module E collected data on the respondent's attitudes to education
Module F collected data on the respondent's attitudes to issues of race and culture
Module G is the household roster, collecting data on household members, including age, gender, relationship to the respondent, levels of education, employment situation and income. Data on dwellings (rooms, access to sanitation) was also collected in this module, plus migration data and detailed employment data for household members.
Module H collected health data.