The Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) is a triennial survey of the balance sheet, pension, income, and other demographic characteristics of U.S. families. The survey also gathers information on the use of financial institutions. The SCF was first conducted in 1983, although the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, which hosts and produces the data, has records from 1962 onwards of similar surveys.

The link above directs you to the current survey, where you will find many resources, including summary results of the survey, historic tables, and documentation.

The SCF Interactive Chart allows you to view survey data since 1989 as either a table (downloadable as an image or CSV file) or chart (downloadable as a CSV file). An example of a chart from the interactive chartbook is shown below.

Before-tax family income of all families, 1989 - 2019

Data is downloadable in SAS, STATA, or ASCII format. Links to previous surveys can be found here, and many pdfs of working papers can be viewed here.

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