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  • Combined Expenditure, Share, and Standard Error tables Beginning with the September 10, 2013, 2012 annual release, the standard tables combine the mean expenditures, expenditure shares, and standard error tables into one new format. The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) population is the total noninstitutionalized residents of the United States, both urban and rural.

    The following combined expenditure, share, and standard error tables are available; quintiles of income before taxes, income before taxes, higher income before taxes, age of reference person, size of the consumer unit, composition of the consumer unit, number of earners, housing tenure and type of area (urban or rural), race of reference person, Hispanic or Latino origin of reference person, occupation of reference person, population size of area of residence, region of residence, selected age of reference person, and the new highest education level of any member.

  • Combined Expenditure, Share, and Standard Error Midyear tables are available beginning with the March 27, 2013 midyear release.

  • Aggregate expenditure shares tables show total national expenditures by category for all consumer units and percentages of the totals for various demographic groups. The following aggregate expenditure shares tables from 1989 through 2013 are available; quintiles of income before taxes, income before taxes, higher income before taxes, age of reference person, size of the consumer unit, composition of the consumer unit, number of earners, housing tenure and type of area (urban or rural), race of reference person, Hispanic or Latino origin of reference person, occupation of reference person, and the new highest education level of any member.
  • Cross-tabulated tables show average annual expenditure data sorted by two demographic variables. The following groups of two-year cross-tabulated tables from 1986-87 through 2012-13 are available; age of reference person by income before taxes, size of consumer unit by income before taxes, size of consumer unit by age of reference person, single women and men by income before taxes, and single women and men by age of reference person.
  • Multiyear tables show average annual expenditure data for all consumer units by year. Multiyear tables from 1984-91, 1992-99, 2000-05, and 2006-12 are available.
  • Expenditure tables show average annual expenditures, income, and characteristics for consumer units by various demographic characteristics. The separate expenditure table format has been discontinued with the release of the 2012 data. The following expenditure tables from 1984 through 2011 are available; quintiles of income before taxes, income before taxes, higher income before taxes, age of reference person, size of the consumer unit, composition of the consumer unit, number of earners, housing tenure and type of area (urban or rural), race of reference person, Hispanic or Latino origin of reference person, occupation of reference person, selected age of reference person, and education of reference person.
  • Expenditure shares tables show the portions allotted to expenditure categories as percentages of total average annual expenditures. The separate expenditure shares table format has been discontinued with the release of the 2012 data. The following expenditure shares tables from 1989 through 2011 are available; quintiles of income before taxes, income before taxes, higher income before taxes, age of reference person, size of the consumer unit, composition of the consumer unit, number of earners, housing tenure and type of area (urban or rural), race of reference person, Hispanic or Latino origin of reference person, occupation of reference person, and education of reference person.
  • Standard error tables show annual expenditure means, standard errors (SE) and coefficients of variation (CV) by various demographic characteristics. The separate standard error table format has been discontinued with the release of the 2012 data. The following 12 standard error tables from 2000 through 2011 are available; quintiles of income before taxes, income before taxes, higher income before taxes, age of reference person, size of the consumer unit, composition of the consumer unit, number of earners, housing tenure and type of area (urban or rural), race of reference person, Hispanic or Latino origin of reference person, occupation of reference person, and education of reference person. A standard error table for Region of residence was added in 2011.

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