2005 Household Transportation Survey
Fairfax County Office of Public
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010
Oct. 13, 2005
2005 Household Transportation Survey Mailed to Residents
The 2005 Household Transportation Survey, conducted by the Fairfax County Department of Systems Management for Human Services, has been mailed out to approximately 12,000 of the county’s households. The county has conducted many surveys since 1977 when it began its current program of monitoring population characteristics.
The study focuses on transportation issues, however many county programs, including the Area Agency on Aging, police, fire and emergency medical services, and schools will use information collected through the study to provide services more effectively to county residents. The results from the household survey help to provide a demographic profile of the county’s population.
The questionnaire asks for information on age, race, gender, marital status, education, employment status, income, transportation and the number of people living in households. As in previous surveys, participation is entirely voluntary, but households receiving a questionnaire are encouraged to complete the form and return it in the preaddressed, stamped envelope.
The results are published in summary fashion and will not reveal individual responses. The sample of households is carefully selected to be representative of all county residents.
Information obtained from previous household surveys has been used extensively by a variety of organizations and individuals, such as:
- County agencies analyzing activities and programs for senior citizens, children and low-income households, as well as agencies involved in delivering health care and providing police and fire protection.
- Individuals and resident groups that are interested in monitoring the characteristics of the county’s population and incorporating demographic information in their discussions of current issues and policies.
- Businesses and business associations that consider the characteristics of county residents as important information in conducting market research analyses for existing firms, as well as for businesses interested in locating in Fairfax County.
- Nonprofit service and education organizations that plan for the service and education needs of county residents.
The results of the 2005 Household Transportation Survey should be available in the spring of 2006. All questions, suggestions and requests for results should be directed to the Department of Systems Management for Human Services at 703-324-7135, TTY 711.