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Doing Consumer Research: A Resource Guide

Government Data Sources

Thomas J. O'Halloran, photographer. Bureau of Labor Statistics- Artist working on a consumer price index chart. September 21, 1971. U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Many U.S. government agencies conduct regular surveys and publish results related to population demographics, spending habits, and commodity use.

However, annual or biennial publishing schedules might mean the most recently available data is a few years old.

Selected government resources are highlighted below.

The following links are portals of government data hosted on non-government websites, which may be easier to navigate than some of the government agency websites.