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 CE is important because it is the only Federal survey to provide information on the complete range of consumers' expenditures and incomes, as well as the characteristics of those consumers. It is used by economic policymakers examining the impact of policy changes on economic groups, by the Census Bureau as the source of thresholds for the Supplemental Poverty Measure, by businesses and academic researchers studying consumers' spending habits and trends, by other Federal agencies, and, perhaps most importantly, to regularly revise the Consumer Price Index market basket of goods and services and their relative importance.

The most recent data tables are for 2014, and were made available on September 3, 2015. See Featured CE Tables and Economic News Releases sections on the CE home page for current data tables and news release.

The 2014 public-use microdata is the most recent and was released on September 3, 2015.

Announcements

  • NEW Standard Errors in the 2014 Consumer Expenditure Survey (PDF)
  • NEW Consumer spending in World War II: the forgotten consumer expenditure surveys. (HTML) (PDF)
  • NEW Comparison of BLS Price and Spending Measures (HTML)
  • NEW The Proof-of-Concept (POC) test for the Consumer Expenditure Survey's Gemini redesign project will be fielded from July through September 2015. For more details on the test, see the POC Field Test page. (HTML)
  • 2013 Supplemental Poverty Measure Thresholds Based on Consumer Expenditure Survey Data (HTML)
  • USDA August 2014 Report on the Cost of Raising a Child, based on CE survey data (PDF)

Latest CE News Releases

Average expenditures in 2014 were $53,495, a 4.7 percent increase from 2013 levels

09/03/2015

Average expenditures in 2014 were $53,495, a 4.7 percent increase from 2013 levels. In 2013, spending decreased 0.7 percent. Average pre-tax income per consumer unit increased at about the same pace as expenditures from 2013.
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Expenditures for July 2013-June 2014 are 1.0% higher than the July 2012-June 2013 average

04/02/2015

Average expenditures per household for July 2013 through June 2014 were 1.0 percent higher than the July 2012 through June 2013 midyear average. Average incomes fell for a second year, showing a slight drop of 0.9 percent.
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Annual Calendar Year Tables

2014

CURRENT COMBINED EXPENDITURE, SHARE, AND STANDARD ERROR TABLES

  • Age of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Composition of consumer unit — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • NEW Deciles of income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Highest education level of any member — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Higher income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Hispanic or Latino origin of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Housing tenure and type of area — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Number of earners in consumer unit — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Occupation of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Population size of area of residence — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Quintiles of income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Race of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Region of residence — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Size of consumer unit — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Selected age of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)

Previous Years: 2012 to 2014 »


CURRENT AGGREGATE EXPENDITURE SHARES TABLES

  • Age of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Composition of consumer unit — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • NEW Deciles of income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Highest education level of any member — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Higher income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Hispanic or Latino origin of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Housing tenure and type of area — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Number of earners in consumer unit — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Occupation of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Quintiles of income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Race of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Region of residence — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Size of consumer unit — (PDF) (XLSX)

Previous Years: 1989 to 2014 »

EXPENDITURE TABLES

The separate expenditure table format has been discontinued with the release of the 2012 data. Previous tables from 1972-73, and 1984 through 2011 are available at expenditure tables.
These separate data tables have been replaced by the combined expenditure, share, and standard error tables. The new table includes expenditure means, shares, and standard error data organized by various demographic characteristics.

Previous Years: 1960-61, 1972-73, 1984 to 2011 »

EXPENDITURE SHARES TABLES

The separate expenditure shares table format has been discontinued with the release of the 2012 data. Previous tables from 1989 through 2011 are available at expenditure shares tables.
These separate data tables have been replaced by the combined expenditure, share, and standard error tables. The new table includes expenditure means, shares, and standard error data organized by various demographic characteristics.

Previous Years: 1989 to 2011 »

STANDARD ERROR TABLES

The separate standard error table format has been discontinued with the release of the 2012 data. Discontinued tables from 2000 through 2011 are available at standard error tables.
These separate data tables have been replaced by the combined expenditure, share, and standard error tables. The new table includes expenditure means, shares, and standard error data organized by various demographic characteristics.

Previous Years: 2000 to 2011 »

2006 to 2014

MOST RECENT MULTIYEAR TABLES

  • 2013-2014 Multiyear table — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • 2006-2012 Multiyear table — (PDF) (XLS)

Previous Years: 1984 to 2014 »

2013-2014

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

Size of consumer unit by age of reference person

Singles by income before taxes

Singles by age of reference person

Previous Years: 1986-1987 to 2012-2013 »

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 from 2006 onward.

  • Selected Midwestern MSAs — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Selected Northeastern MSAs — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Selected Southern MSAs — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Selected Western MSAs — (PDF) (XLSX)

Previous Years: 1972-73, 1986-1987 to 2013-2014 »

CURRENT REGION TABLES AND AREA TABLES

  • Region of residence — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Population size of area of residence — (PDF) (XLSX)

Previous Years: 1987-1988 to 2013-2014 »

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 Combined Expenditure, Share, and Standard Error Tables. The new table includes additional high income classes.

Previous Years: 1997-1998 to 2001-2002 »

Midyear Tables

July 2013 through June 2014

CURRENT COMBINED EXPENDITURE, SHARE, AND STANDARD ERROR TABLES

  • Age of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Composition of consumer unit — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • NEW Deciles of income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Highest education level of any member — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Higher income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Hispanic or Latino origin of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Housing tenure and type of area — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Number of earners in consumer unit — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Occupation of reference person — (PDF) (XLS)
  • Population size of area of residence — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Quintiles of income before taxes — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Race of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Region of residence — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Size of consumer unit — (PDF) (XLSX)
  • Selected age of reference person — (PDF) (XLSX)

Previous Years: July 2011 through June 2014 »


 

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  • Consumer Price Indexes --monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.
  • Price and Index Number Research experimental poverty measures -- CE data are used to estimate National Academy of Sciences (NAS) based poverty measures and a Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM)

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Methods of Contact

The economists and administrative personnel of the Consumer Expenditure Survey staff are available Monday through Friday to respond to inquiries. Please use any of the methods below to contact the CE National Office. Inquiries should include your name, and phone number, fax number, mailing address, or e-mail address, along with a brief message.

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    (202) 691-6900

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    (202) 691-7006
 

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    Washington, DC 20212-0001
 

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