Public Use Microdata (PUMD)
The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) collects data on expenditures, income, and demographics in the United States. The public use microdata (PUMD) files provide this information for individual respondents without any information that could identify respondents. PUMD files include adjustments for information that is missing because respondents were unwilling or unable to provide it. The files also have been adjusted to reduce the likelihood of identifying respondents, either directly or through inference.
This format allows researchers to analyze expenditures, income, and demographic trends beyond what the published tables show. However, users of the PUMD files should have a strong background with statistical software. To learn more, you may want to explore the PUMD methodology with the CE PUMD Getting Started Guide and check the availability of data with the Dictionary for Interview and Diary Surveys (XLSX).
Information regarding the impact of COVID-19 on CE data collection procedures and data quality is available.
Last Modified Date: May 7, 2021