Instructions for Downloading Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) Microdata and Documentation

  • Using your mouse, right click on one of the zip file links (do not click on the zip files themselves).
  • In the box that appears on your screen, select "Save target as..."
  • In the dialogue box that appears on your screen, save the zip file to your computer.
  • Once the zip file has been downloaded to your computer, you will then have to extract the contents of the zip file to a location on your computer. Once extracted, the files are ready for use.

Because the zip files are large in size, ranging from 10MB to 100MB, a high-speed Internet connection should be utilized for downloading the files.


Last Modified Date: January 28, 2014