shield sodapop

Current Population Survey (CPS)


The Population Research Institute (PRI) is currently evaluating the SODAPOP service. The ability to extract a data set containing a subset of variables will not be supported after September 15, 2016.

The data collections in SODAPOP will still be available from the PRI. If you should have concerns about this change to the SODAPOP service or need to access some of the data, contact the PRI's Computational and Spatial Analysis (CSA) core at

Stipulations for Use: Open Access

DESCRIPTION: The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a household sample survey conducted monthly by the Census Bureau to provide estimates of employment, unemployment, and other characteristics of the general labor force, estimates of the population as a whole, and estimates of various subgroups in the population.

The March supplement, Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Supplement (prior to 2003 called the Annual Demographic Files) contain the core labor force information included in every Current Population Survey as well as data on income and work experience. Detailed demographic data representative of the non-institutionalized, United States civilian population and male members of the Armed Services living in civilian housing, are provided in the Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Supplement as well.  A total of approximately 200,000 records per year record such characteristics as income, age, race, household structure, education, family relationships, occupation, and employment history.

The January and February supplements contain data on Displaced Workers,  Employee Tenure, Contingent Work, or Tobacco Use depending on the year it was collected.

Download CPS Files



R Users -- Code for downloading and working with the CPS in R is available on the Analyze Survey Data for Free website 



PLEASE NOTE: Pattee Library has a CD-ROM collection of the Current Population Survey, Annual Demographic Files, 1988 to date at the Documents Service Desk, 2nd Floor Central Pattee.