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National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH)


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 to SodaPop.

DESCRIPTION: The National Survey of Families and Households includes interviews with a probability sample of 13,017 respondents. The sample includes a main cross-section sample of 9,643 households plus a double sampling of blacks, Puerto Ricans, Mexican Americans, single-parent families and families with stepchildren, cohabiting couples and recently married persons. A considerable amount of life-history information was collected, including the respondent's family living arrangements in childhood, the experience of leaving the parental home, marital and cohabitation experience, as well as education, fertility, and employment histories. The cross-sectional design permits the detailed description of past and current living arrangements and other characteristics and experiences, and the analysis of the consequences of earlier patterns on current states, marital and parenting relationships, kin contact, and economic and psychological well-being.

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RELATED WEB SITES: National Surveys of Families and Households Project Website

DATA DISSEMINATED BY: The NSFH project via the Social Science Computing Cooperative (SSCC, University of Wisconsin-Madison)