Answered By: Kathryn Ray Last Updated: Apr 16, 2019 Views: 159
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey. Included are data on expenditures from selected U.S. metropolitan areas.
The subscription database EIU CityData also includes prices of selected products and services in 123 cities worldwide. The database can perform data analysis and currency conversion.
Use the search engine Search.USA.gov to find US, state and local government websites. For example, type Pittsburgh AND statistics. Google will search for government docs also. In the search box type:
site:.gov before entering your search terms. For example in Google type site:.gov Phoenix AND statistics
The Statistical Abstract of the United States has a wealth of information. The print copies are located in the AU Stacks in call number HA202. There is also an online pdf version.
The Census Bureau also collects statistics by state, county and metropolitan area. Try "Googling" Census State and County Databook.
Take a look at these subscription databases:
The U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) does not give dollar amounts for expenditures. As an index, it shows percentage change over time.
The main website for BLS is http://www.bls.gov/