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Region and Area

Region tables show average annual expenditure data for the four U.S. Census regions: Northeast, Midwest, South, and West. Two-year tables from 1987-88 through 2012-13 are available.
Population size of area of residence tables show average annual expenditure data classified by population size ranges . Two-year tables from 2002-03 through 2012-13 are available.

Prior to the 2012 annual release, one-year region and population size of residence data tables are available on the expenditure tables web site. Region tables are also available on the expenditure shares, aggregate expenditure shares tables, and standard error tables web site.

Beginning with the September 10, 2013 annual release, region and population size of residence data tables for 2012 through 2013 are available on the combined expenditure, share, and standard error tables web site.

Two-year region data tables classified by age of reference person by region of residence and region of residence by income before taxes are available on the cross-tabulated web site.

Beginning with the March 27, 2013 midyear release, region and population size of residence data tables for July 2011 through June 2012 and July 2012 through June 2013 are available on the combined expenditure, share, and standard error tables web site.

State

Expenditures at the state-level are not calculated or published. The CE releases annual public-use microdata (PUMD) which contain state identifier information. Please note that for confidentiality reasons some state codes have been suppressed for some or all sampled consumer units in that state. Population weights in the microdata represent national weights and will not yield state population totals. Also, the CE sample was not designed to produce precise estimates for individual states. Although state-level estimates that are unbiased in a repeated sampling sense can be calculated for various statistical measures, such as means and aggregates, their estimates will generally be subject to large variances. Additionally, a particular state population estimate from the CE sample may be far from the true state population. Please see the PUMD documentation for further information on state identifiers.

Metropolitan Area

Metropolitan statistical area tables show average annual expenditure data for selected cities in each of the four regions of the country. Two-year metropolitan statistical area tables from 1986-87 through 2012-13 are available with the exception of the 1995-96 period. Note: The number of areas published may change from period to period due to sampling changes.

Last Modified Date: September 9, 2014

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