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CE Microdata Users' Workshop - July 14-15, 2008

The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) program consists of two surveys, the quarterly Interview Survey and the Diary Survey, that provide information on the buying habits of American consumers, including data on their expenditures, income, and consumer unit (families and single consumers) characteristics. The survey data are collected for the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The most recent data tables are for 2006, and were made available on October 26, 2007. See Tables Created by BLS and Economic News Releases sections on the CE home page for current data tables and news release.

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General Overview:

Overview | About CE Tables | Glossary of terms | Contacts | FAQs

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Economic News Releases:

Current

Reports

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Special Notices
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Tables Created by BLS:

Tables (1984 through 2006)

One Year Tables

CURRENT EXPENDITURE TABLES

  • Age of reference person (TXT) (PDF 22K)
  • Composition of consumer unit (TXT) (PDF 23K)
  • Education of reference person (TXT) (PDF 24K)
  • Higher income before taxes (TXT) (PDF 21K)
  • Hispanic or Latino origin of reference person (TXT) (PDF 18K)
  • Housing tenure and type of area (TXT) (PDF 22K)
  • Income before taxes (TXT) (PDF 23K)
  • Number of earners in consumer unit (TXT) (PDF 21K)
  • Occupation of reference person (TXT) (PDF 24K)
  • Population size of area of residence (TXT) (PDF 26K)
  • Quintiles of income before taxes (TXT) (PDF 25K)
  • Race of reference person (TXT) (PDF 22K)
  • Region of residence (TXT) (PDF 19K)
  • Size of consumer unit (TXT) (PDF 25K)
  • Selected age of reference person (TXT) (PDF 23K)

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CURRENT EXPENDITURE SHARES TABLES

  • Age of reference person (TXT) (PDF 17K)
  • Composition of consumer unit (TXT) (PDF 19K)
  • Education of reference person (TXT) (PDF 19K)
  • Higher income before taxes (TXT) (PDF 17K)
  • Hispanic or Latino origin of reference person (TXT) (PDF 15K)
  • Housing tenure and type of area (TXT) (PDF 18K)
  • Income before taxes (TXT) (PDF 18K)
  • Number of earners in consumer unit (TXT) (PDF 18K)
  • Occupation of reference person (TXT) (PDF 16K)
  • Quintiles of income before taxes (TXT) (PDF 18K)
  • Race of reference person (TXT) (PDF 18K)
  • Region of residence (TXT) (PDF 15K)
  • Size of consumer unit (TXT)(PDF 19K)

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CURRENT AGGREGATE EXPENDITURE SHARES TABLES

  • Age of reference person (TXT) (PDF 20K)
  • Composition of consumer unit (TXT) (PDF 22K)
  • Education of reference person (TXT) (PDF 22K)
  • Higher income before taxes (TXT) (PDF 20K)
  • Hispanic or Latino origin of reference person (TXT) (PDF 19K)
  • Housing tenure and type of area (TXT) (PDF 21K)
  • Income before taxes (TXT) (PDF 21K)
  • Number of earners in consumer unit (TXT) (PDF 20K)
  • Occupation of reference person (TXT) (PDF 22K)
  • Quintiles of income before taxes (TXT) (PDF 19K)
  • Race of reference person (TXT) (PDF 20K)
  • Region of residence (TXT) (PDF 18K)
  • Size of consumer unit (TXT) (PDF 23K)

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Two Year Tables

CURRENT CROSS-TABULATED TABLES

Age of reference person by income before taxes

Age of reference person by region of residence

Region of residence by income before taxes

Size of consumer unit by income before taxes

  • One person (TXT) (PDF 23K)
  • Two persons (TXT) (PDF 24K)
  • Two or more persons (TXT) (PDF 23K)
  • Three persons (TXT) (PDF 25K)
  • Four persons (TXT) (PDF 24K)
  • Five or more persons (TXT) (PDF 25K)

Size of consumer unit by age of reference person

  • One person (TXT) (PDF 22K)
  • Two persons (TXT) (PDF 22K)
  • Two or more persons (TXT) (PDF 22K)
  • Three persons (TXT) (PDF 21K)
  • Four persons (TXT) (PDF 21K)
  • Five or more persons (TXT) (PDF 22K)

Singles by income before taxes

  • Single females (TXT) (PDF 22K)
  • Single males (TXT) (PDF 23K)

Singles by age of reference person

  • Single females (TXT) (PDF 22K)
  • Single males (TXT) (PDF 21K)

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CURRENT METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREAS TABLES

Due to changes in the CE sample about every ten years, the number of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) for which survey estimates are available will change. CE estimates are available for 26 selected MSAs from 1986 to 1995, for 28 MSAs from 1996 to 2004, for 24 MSAs in 2005, and for 18 MSAs in 2006.

  • Selected Midwestern MSAs (TXT) (PDF 11K)
  • Selected Northeastern MSAs (TXT) (PDF 14K)
  • Selected Southern MSAs (TXT) (PDF 12K)
  • Selected Western MSAs (TXT) (PDF 10K)

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CURRENT REGION TABLES AND AREA TABLES

  • Region of residence (TXT) (PDF 19K)
  • Population size of area of residence (TXT) (PDF 21K)

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HIGH-INCOME TABLES

The high-income-before-taxes table has been discontinued with the release of the 2003 data. Discontinued tables from 1997-98 through 2001-02 are available at high-income tables.
This data table has been replaced by the higher-income-before-taxes table under Standard Tables. The new table includes additional high income classes.

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Multiyear Tables

MOST RECENT YEARS MULTIYEAR TABLES

  • 2000-2006 Multiyear table (TXT) (PDF 54K)

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Standard Error Tables (2006)

CURRENT STANDARD ERROR TABLES

  • Age of reference person (TXT) (PDF 46K)
  • Composition of consumer unit (TXT) (PDF 47K)
  • Education of reference person (TXT) (PDF 49K)
  • Higher income before taxes (TXT) (PDF 44K)
  • Hispanic or Latino origin of reference person (TXT) (PDF 36K)
  • Housing tenure and type of area (TXT) (PDF 49K)
  • Income before taxes (TXT) (PDF 48K)
  • Number of earners in consumer unit (TXT) (PDF 43K)
  • Occupation of reference person (TXT) (PDF 50K)
  • Quintiles of income before taxes (TXT) (PDF 37K)
  • Race of reference person (TXT) (PDF 39K)
  • Size of consumer unit (TXT) (PDF 39K)

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Get Detailed CE Statistics:
  • Create Customized Tables (one screen)--this application requires a Java-enabled browser. Choose the data you want from BLS databases on a simple, one-screen form.
  • Create Customized Tables (multiple screens) --a form-based query application which allows you to obtain BLS time series data based on choices you make.
  • Series Report --Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? Use this shortcut to retrieve your data.
  • Flat files (FTP)--For those who want it all. Download a flat file of the entire database or large subset of the database.
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Products:
  • NEW Public Use Microdata
  • Public Use Microdata Documentation
    • 2006 Public Use Interview Survey Microdata Documentation (PDF 830K)
    • 2006 Public Use Diary Survey Microdata Documentation (PDF 349K)
    • Archives
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Survey Forms:

Current Survey Forms

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Publications and Other Documentation:
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Related Links:

Other BLS Programs

  • Consumer Price Indexes --monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.

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