Survey of American Family Finances, [United States], 2014-2015

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Pew Charitable Trusts
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • Pew Charitable Trusts
  • W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
families; financial security; personal debt; personal finances
  • Abstract

    The Survey of American Family Finances was a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts' economic mobility project and financial security and mobility project, with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. It was administered in two waves during 2014 and 2015 to a nationally representative sample of adults who are the financial decision makers in their households by GfK's KnowledgePanel. The survey measures details of family finances, including assets, income, expenditures, and debt. Pew used the survey to study the impact of financial shocks, educational debt, housing costs, and the racial wealth gap - among other factors - on financial security. Demographic data, such as race and citizenship, was also collected.
  • Methods

    Response Rates: In 2014, the entire KnowledgePanel sample was eligible for inclusion in the study: 16,509 panelists were invited to participate, 8,895 households at least began the survey, and 7,845 households completed it; the final study completion rate, as calculated by GfK, was 53.9 percent. The cumulative response rate for 2014, based on participation in the KnowledgePanel and the study completion rate, was 4.6 percent. Those who completed the 2014 survey were invited to take part in 2015, and 72 percent completed the second survey. The overall cumulative response rate for 2015 was 3.3 percent.
  • Abstract


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Wave 1 Data for Public-Use
    • DS2: Wave 1 Data for Restricted-Use
    • DS3: Wave 2 Data for Public-Use
    • DS4: Wave 2 Data for Restricted-Use
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2014--2015
  • 2014 / 2015
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
US adults who consider themselves the financial decision-makers in their families.
Respondents included in both survey waves were selected from GfK's KnowledgePanel. The baseline survey in 2014 included 7,845 respondents, aged 18 and older, who identified themselves as being either the sole or one of the main financial decision-makers in their household. The survey included oversamples of black and Hispanic respondents, with 1,505 and 1,502 total cases for each of these groups, respectively. The survey was conducted in English and Spanish, with 6 percent of the interviews completed in Spanish. The re-interview survey in 2015 included a total sample of 5,661 respondents, ages 18 and older, who identified themselves as a financial decision-maker in their household and had completed the 2014 survey. In 2015, the sample included 1,043 Hispanic and 641 black respondents. 3.3 percent of the 2015 interviews were completed in Spanish. KnowledgePanel is a nationally representative online research sample in the United States, with members recruited using probability selection methods and contacted through a combination of random digit dialing and address-based sampling methodologies. Accordingly, the sample includes households with unlisted phone numbers, landlines, and cellphones, and well as those without phones. Some members had internet access, and KnowledgePanel provided those who did not with a device that made access possible. KnowledgePanel recruits new members throughout the year to offset attrition.
Collection Mode
  • web-based survey
2020-06-30 Variable listings have been corrected. Funding institution(s): Pew Charitable Trusts. W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 37629 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR37629.v1

Update Metadata: 2020-07-06 | Issue Number: 4 | Registration Date: 2020-06-30