Coventry household survey


In December 2017, Coventry succeeded in its bid to be UK City of Culture 2021. The city will take centre stage and show what Coventry has to offer in terms of art, culture and community resilience. Communities from around the city will come together with local organisations to deliver a wide-ranging programme of activities.
To better understand how safe residents, feel and relate to their local areas and their neighbourhoods,  Coventry City Council  commissioned M·E·L Research to undertake a face-to-face survey. The survey has helped to generate a broad snapshot of what life is like in Coventry for residents, along with their perceptions of the area and Council services.

The aims and outcomes for the 2018 Household Survey were:

  • To assess the trends in perceptions of quality of life, community cohesion and cultural activities of a representative sample of Coventry residents;
  • To assess the difference in perceptions across the city and their relation to deprivation levels;
  • To understand any differences in the perceptions of residents from black and minority ethnic communities, disabled people, people from different age groups and between men and women;
  • To benchmark life in Coventry against the nation and past citywide surveys.


3,007 Interviews were conducted face to face on residents’ door steps using tablets (CAPI), which was broadly representative of the Coventry population in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, disability and levels of deprivation. The questionnaire was split into sections covering four themes, namely: Equalities and communities, Culture, Community safety and Health and wellbeing.


Findings from the survey have been used to inform local policies, frame local public health priorities and strategies and will feed into the Council’s City of Culture 2021 strategy.