Provider: Applied Geographic Solutions

The Consumer Expenditure database provides either aggregate or segmented household expenditure data that is classified into a multi-level hierarchy. Individual household expenditure data is available by geography from the national down to the block-group level, with most expenditures including two to three sub-categories. This multi-level hierarchical classification allows users to analyze expenditures at various levels of detail or between different levels – for example, it is possible to determine and analyze what share of total dairy expenditures are cheese products across the US by state.

The database is derived from a survey conducted by the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics that typically covers over 7,500 households on a quarterly basis with a rotating sample frame, allowing rich household demographic models with relation to household expenditures to be built. There are 396 base variables that are aggregated up to four levels of detail, allowing categories to be aggregated and disaggregated depending on the analysis being conducted by the user. Major categories of these variables are:

  • Total expenditures
  • Food and beverage
  • Shelter
  • Utilities
  • Household operations
  • Household furnishings / equipment
  • Apparel
  • Transportation
  • Healthcare
  • Entertainment
  • Personal care
  • Reading
  • Education
  • Tobacco products
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Cash contributions
  • Personal insurance
  • Gifts

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