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Consumer Expenditure Survey (CEX)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics collects information on household expenditures for transportation and other major consumer expenditures by various household characteristics in the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CEX). These data can be used to estimate transportation's economic importance, consumer transportation costs, and travel demand.

Data are collected in the quarterly Interview Survey and the weekly Diary Survey of approximately 7,500 sample households (5,000 households prior to 1999). Each survey has its own independent sample, and each collects data on household income and socioeconomic characteristics. The Interview Survey includes monthly out-of-pocket expenditures such as housing, apparel, transportation, health care, insurance, and entertainment. The Diary Survey includes weekly expenditures of frequently purchased items such as food and beverages, tobacco, personal care products, and nonprescription drugs and supplies.

Available key data series include 1) expenditures by income, age, race, occupation, and educational attainment of the reference person and 2) expenditures by consumer unit (i.e., household) size and composition, number of earners, housing tenure, and regional residence.

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The CEX targeted the total urban and rural noninstitutionalized population of the United States in 1980, 1984 and thereafter. Between 1981 and 1983, it covered only the urban noninstitutionalized population.
First Year1984
Last Year2008
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Data Provider AgencyBureau of Labor Statistics
Data Provider OfficeConsumer Expenditure Survey
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