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Survey of Consumer Finances (USA)


Data description

SCFThe Survey of Consumer Finances generates data on family balance sheets, pensions, income and the demographic characteristics of American households. The survey - undertaken every three years by the U.S. Federal Reserve Board - also provides observations on household relations with financial institutions. The latest Survey of Consumer Finances release covers 2016.

The FRB explains that "the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) is normally a triennial cross-sectional survey of U.S. families, but over the 1983-1989 and 2007-2009 periods, the survey collected panel data. The survey data include information on families’ balance sheets, pensions, income, and demographic characteristics. Information is also included from related surveys of pension providers and the earlier such surveys conducted by the Federal Reserve Board."


Time period

The following waves of the Survey of Consumer Finances are available:

  • SCF-2016
  • SCF-2013
  • SCF-2010
  • SCF Panel 2007-09
  • SCF-2009
  • SCF-2007
  • SCF-2004
  • SCF-2001
  • SCF-1998
  • SCF-1995
  • SCF-1992
  • SCF-1989
  • SCF-1986
  • SCF-1983
  • 1983-89 Panel
  • 1983-1989 SPP
  • 1962 SFCC & 1963 SCFF


Support links

Codebooks and user documentation are available on this Survey of Consumer Finances page.

See also the related Library resource page for the Consumer Expenditure Survey.


How to access data

Data may be downloaded from the SCF site. Select the wave(s) required via the dropdown menu. Two versions of the data are available:

  • Full Public Data: All SCF variables (in SAS, Stata and ASCII) 
  • Summary Extract Data.


Data homepage

Contact: Thomas Bourke at [email protected]  





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