* 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 expenditures on vehicle insurance and expenditures on tires, batteries, tubes, lubrication, filters, coolant, additives, brake and transmission fluids, oil change, brake work including adjustment, front-end alignment, wheel balancing, steering repair, shock absorber replacement, clutch and transmission repair, electrical system repair, exhaust system repair, body work and painting, motor repair, repair to cooling system, drive train repair, drive shaft and rear-end repair, tire repair, audio equipment, other maintenance and services, and auto repair policies. 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.