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National Survey of America's Families

Effective February 28, 2009, the National Survey of America's Families (NSAF) public use data files are no longer available from the Urban Institute web site. 

The files are now permanently archived at the University of Michigan's Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and may be accessed there free of charge.

Access NSAF Public Use files at the ICPSR

What is the NSAF?

The National Survey of America's Families provides a comprehensive look at the well-being of children and non-elderly adults, and reveals sometimes striking differences among the 13 states studied in depth. The survey provides quantitative measures of child, adult and family well-being in America, with an emphasis on persons in low-income families.

Conducted in three rounds - 1997, 1999, and 2002 - to gather information on more than 100,000 people and more than 40,000 families across the country, the NSAF gives researchers the tools to track national trends during that period, drawing on unusually detailed and comprehensive information about low-income parents and their children.

NSAF-Related Research

Methodology Reports

National Survey of America's Families Policy Briefs

Fast Facts on Welfare Policy

Short Takes on Welfare Policy

Snapshots of America's Families