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Government Web Sites
Explore Census Data
Easy access to U.S. census data; coverage includes population, housing, economic, and geographic data. Begin with the Census Bureau (www.census.gov) for access to the Statistical Abstract of the United States as well as a wealth of other data.
American Time Use Survey
The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing.
Consumer Action Website
U.S. General Services Administration. Includes consumer topics, resources, and contact information.
Consumer Expenditure Survey (BLS)
Excellent source of information about household income & how much Americans spend on various kinds of products and services each year. Also from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: The CPI Index, both regionally and nationally.
Consumer Price Index (CPI)
An indexed cost-of-living developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor in conjunction with the the US Census Bureau.
Economic Statistics for U.S., states, metro areas, counties, and cities. Published every five years (2002, 2007, 2012, etc.) for every industry (NAICS).
Federal Trade Commission for the Consumer
Website for households and businesses including advice on avoiding scams and rip-offs, as well as tips on other consumer topics. Includes hundreds of reports of interest to consumers. Arguably the best site for information about consumer protection issues.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2009
Available annually and consolidates hundreds of statistics related to house hold income trends. Good for looking at quintile data.
Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF)
"The Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) is a triennial survey of the balance sheet, pension, income, and other demographic characteristics of U.S. families."
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is chock full of useful data for marketing and consumer research. Here are some links to resources useful to this class.
Consumer Research Guide
Government Information Services
A guide created by Emeritus Professor Paul Scipione; this guide will introduce you to the major resources related to Consumer Behavior produced by different branches of the government and made freely available to the public.
There is a tremendous amount of information out there. This guide will introduce you to a few of the major resources available.