Consumer Expenditure Survey

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 July 2014 through June 2015, and were made available on April 15, 2016. 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.

Special Announcement

Registration is now open for the 2016 CE Microdata Users' Workshop and Symposium on July 12-15, 2016. (HTML)