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Handbook of Methods American Time Use Survey Overview

American Time Use Survey: Overview

The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) is the nation’s first federally administered, continuous survey on time use in the United States. The goal of the survey is to measure how people divide their time among life’s activities.

Quick Facts: American Time Use Survey
Subject areas Hours, Time use
Key measures
  • Average hours spent on activities
  • Percent engaged in activities
How the data are obtained Survey of households
Classification Demographic
Periodicity of data availability Annual
Geographic detail National
Scope Civilian noninstitutional population
Key products
Program webpage

Last Modified Date: September 17, 2021