Do you care about housing issues on Nantucket?

Take 15 minutes to help our community make smart decisions about the future.

We Need Your Voice

The Nantucket Data Platform currently produces reliable data based on population statistics. The Housing Survey is the first part of a new qualitative research initiative to learn how issues like downtown parking, mental health, and affordable housing developments affect our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the housing survey?

The housing survey will collect insights from locals, second-home owners, long-term visitors, and seasonal workers to better understand current housing situations and needs. It is being implemented by Nantucket Data Platform (NDP) on behalf of the Nantucket Affordable Housing Trust and is part of a broader initiative to understand housing supply and demand on the island.

The housing survey is the first survey in a new NDP initiative to create the island’s first-ever community survey panel, a trusted avenue for sharing insights on important community topics in a safe, private, anonymous way. (More information on the Community Survey Panel can be found toward the bottom of the page.)

Who is eligible to take the housing survey?

Anyone 18 years of age or older, who lives on the island for 6 weeks a year or longer, is eligible to participate. We encourage residents from ALL walks of life to complete the housing survey in order to capture the full range of housing situations and needs on the island.

Why should I participate?

The housing survey is a way to make your story heard. The answers you provide to the survey questions will help the Affordable Housing Trust and others in the community make decisions that will impact the future of housing on Nantucket. We are also committed to sharing the survey results with everyone who completes the survey.

Do we need another survey? Don’t island organizations survey residents all the time?

Nantucket has a pressing need for local data. Surveys are a convenient way to reach a wide array of stakeholders. We believe more surveys are needed, especially to ensure that the needs of under-represented groups are brought to light. The housing survey in particular is unique for its rigorous methodological approach, ability to leverage supplementary data available to NDP, and accessibility in multiple languages. The NDP housing survey aims to provide a more representative picture of housing needs on the island than has ever been achieved.

Will you protect my data and privacy?

YES. Data privacy is a critical to NDP and we encourage you to read our “Data Privacy Policy.” Your participation in the housing survey will never be revealed publicly. All responses will be anonymized prior to analysis and kept under strict confidence. No raw survey data will ever be disclosed to parties outside of Nantucket Data Platform.

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Want To Give Feedback On Community Issues Throughout The Year?


The Nantucket Community Survey Panel will be a community input platform for people on Nantucket to share their knowledge and opinions about important topics in a private and anonymous way. Your input will be obtained via online surveys throughout the year. Findings from each survey will be shared publicly and will support the community in making smart decisions about the future.


If you are interested in joining the Community Survey Panel, we encourage you to begin by taking the housing survey above when it opens in mid-April. At the end of the survey, you will have the option to join the panel instantly. If you do not wish to take the housing survey but want to join the panel, you will be able to register by clicking below (starting in mid-April) and we will reach out when the next survey is available. Stay tuned to this page for more information on the Community Survey Panel in the coming weeks!


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