* Metro area data are not available for the 1995-96 period. The national median value rises between 2003 and 2006 due to a reduction in the number of Metro Areas included in the survey. The median value is reflective of only those Metro Areas included in a given year and is not necessarily reflective of the nation as a whole.
Years Available: 1986-1987, 1987-1988, 1988-1989, 1989-1990, 1990-1991, 1991-1992, 1992-1993, 1993-1994, 1994-1995, 1996-1997, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017
Permanent Link: http://data.sagepub.com/sagestats/4404
General Notes: *Median value gives the value for the "average" metro area for this metric, the 50th percentile of the small subset of Metro Areas included in the survey. It should not be seen as nationally representative. **The terms consumer unit, family, and household are often used interchangeably for convenience. However, the proper technical term for purposes of the Consumer Expenditure Survey is consumer unit, which includes family households, financially independent individuals (even if they live with other households), and two or more persons living together who use their incomes to make joint expenditure decisions. A ! symbol indicates that data are likely to have large sampling errors.