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American Time Use Survey: Overview

The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) is the nation’s first federally administered, continuous survey on time use in the United States. The goal of the survey is to measure how people divide their time among life’s activities.

Quick Facts: American Time Use Survey
Subject areas Time use, Hours
Key measures
  • Physical demand
  • Terms of trade indexes
  • Education, training, and experience
How the data are obtained Survey of households
Classification system Demographic
Periodicity of data availability Annual
Geographic detail Nonmetropolitan areas
Scope Civilian noninstitutional population
Key products
Program webpage

Last Modified Date: October 17, 2019