Survey of Consumer Finances, 1962-2013

The Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) is normally a triennial cross-sectional survey of U.S. families. 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. No other study for the country collects comparable information. Data from the SCF are widely used, from analysis at the Federal Reserve and other branches of government to scholarly work at the major economic research centers. The survey has contained a panel element over two periods. Respondents to the 1983 survey were re-interviewed in 1986 and 1989. Respondents to the 2007 survey were re-interviewed in 2009. The study is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Board in cooperation with the Department of the Treasury. Since 1992, data have been collected by the NORC at the University of Chicago.


Series title
Survey of Consumer Finances
Data creator

Federal Reserve Board (FRB)

Date of creation
1997 Mar 1st to 2017
Washington, DC: Federal Reserve Board
Geographic coverage

United States

Time period

Respondents are selected randomly. See: technical working papers

Date of collection
1962 to 2016
Unit of observation
Extent of file

15 data files (varying logical records) & accompanying documentation

Funding agency

Federal Reserve Board & U.S. Department of the Treasury



Access conditions and restrictions

Public access