The Household Pulse Survey is a bi-weekly survey with phases that have run from 10 to 20 weeks since April 2020. It is designed to deploy quickly and efficiently, collecting data to measure household experiences during the coronavirus pandemic.
Data are disseminated in near real time to inform federal and state response and recovery planning. The data collected enable the Census Bureau to produce statistics at the national and state levels and for the 15 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
The Household Pulse Survey’s first phase asked individuals about their employment status, food security, housing, physical and mental health, access to health care and educational disruption.
Many of these questions were kept in the second and third phases to capture how experiences are changing as the pandemic continues.
The subsequent phases included additional questions on the application and receipt of benefits, spending patterns, and availability of financial resources, post-secondary education disruptions, capacity to telework, and travel practices.
Phase 3 of the Household Pulse Survey was extended from its original end date of Dec. 21, 2020, to March 31 of this year.
Among changes: the addition of questions about individuals’ intention to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, how people spent their federal stimulus payments and the removal of questions no longer relevant.
An interactive data tool will show indicators for Phase 3.1 and all previous phases, and our interactive vaccination visualization shows more details vaccination rates and vaccine hesitancy.