American Time Use Survey

The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing.

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ATUS News Releases

American Time Use Survey

June 18, 2014
On an average day in 2013, employed adults living in households with no children under age 18 engaged in leisure activities for 4.5 hours, about an hour more than employed adults living with a child under age 6. Nearly everyone age 15 and over (95 percent) engaged in some sort of leisure activity. More...

Unpaid eldercare in the United States--2011-2012

September 18, 2013
Sixteen percent of the U.S. population over age 15 provides eldercare—unpaid care for someone with a condition related to aging—to others. Nearly one-fourth of eldercare providers engage in unpaid eldercare on a given day, spending an average of 3.2 hours in eldercare activities on those days. More...

Access to and Use of Leave

August 16, 2012
In 2011, 90 percent of wage and salary workers had access to paid or unpaid leave at their main jobs. Twenty-one percent of wage and salary workers took paid or unpaid leave during an average week and those who did took an average of 15.6 hours. More...

Married Parents' Use of Time Summary

May 08, 2008
In the years 2003-06, married mothers who were employed full time were more likely to do household activities and provide childcare on an average day than were married fathers who were employed full time. Among full-time workers, married fathers were more likely to work than were married mothers. More...


ATUS Tables


Civilian noninstitutional population age 15 and over

Employed persons

Married parents

Note: Tables A-6 and A-7 are updated and expanded versions of the tables appearing in the May 8, 2008 news release on Married Parents' Use of Time. To access the 2003-06 versions of these tables, see the news release.

Additional tables are available in ATUS news releases.

Unpublished tables of time-use estimates by age, ethnicity, employment status, educational attainment, marital status, presence and age of household children, and other categories are available upon request by e-mailing the ATUS staff.

ATUS Charts


ATUS Data Files

Data Files

Single-Year Data Files Multi-Year Data Files Module Data Files

How to use ATUS microdata files

Survey Documentation

Data files do not contain time-use estimates. Time-use estimates are available from:

ATUS Survey Documentation

Survey Documentation

ATUS Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a time-use survey?
  2. When did the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) begin?
  3. Who conducts the ATUS?
  4. Who is asked to respond to the ATUS?
  5. I was asked to participate in the ATUS. Where can I find more information about participating in the survey?
  6. Who uses the information from the ATUS?
  7. How often are ATUS microdata published?


Contact ATUS

Email: ATUS staff
Telephone number: (202) 691-6339
Fax number: (202) 691-6426
Postal address: American Time Use Survey
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Suite 4675
Washington, DC 20212-0001

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