* Metro area data are not available for the 1995-96 period. National median values from 2003 to 2006 may be affected by a decrease in the number of Metro Areas included in the survey. This median is only reflective of the data available and not necessarily the entire nation.
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
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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. **Includes living room; dining room; kitchen; bedroom; nursery; porch, lawn, and other outdoor furniture; new and replacement wall-to-wall carpets, room-size rugs, and other non-permanent floor coverings; refrigerators and freezers, dishwashers and garbage disposals, stoves and ovens, vacuum cleaners, microwaves, air-conditioners, sewing machines, washing machines and dryers, and floor cleaning equipment; small electrical kitchen appliances, portable heating and cooling equipment, china and other dinnerware, flatware, glassware, silver and other serving pieces, nonelectric cookware, and plastic dinnerware (excludes personal care appliances); typewriters, luggage, lamps and light fixtures, window coverings, clocks, lawnmowers and gardening equipment, other hand and power tools, telephone answering devices, telephones and accessories, computers and computer hardware for home use, computer software and accessories for home use, calculators, business equipment for home use, floral arrangements and house plants, rental of furniture, closet and storage items, other household decorative items, infants' equipment, outdoor equipment, smoke alarms, other household appliances, and other small miscellaneous furnishings. The terms consumer unit, family, and household are often used interchangeably for convenience. However, the proper technical term for the 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.