Cover image for Statistical handbook on consumption and wealth in the United States
Statistical handbook on consumption and wealth in the United States
Kaul, Chandrika.
Publication Information:
Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xviii, 290 pages ; 29 cm
Reading Level:
1150 Lexile.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
HC110.C6 S73 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

On Order



Analyzing the Gross National Product (GNP) and other national economic statistics is one way to look at the financial well being of a country. Another more revealing and more interesting way is to analyze the variety and amount of goods and services consumed by citizens, businesses, and the various levels of government. The Handbook presents a systematic and statistical portrait of consumption and wealth, allowing readers to better understand America's economic, political, and cultural landscape. This handbook focuses on the latest statistical information available on U.S. spending habits by exploring a wide range of economic, demographic, and geographic variables.

Author Notes

CHANDRIKA KAUL holds a Ph.D in economic geography from Jiwaji University, India. She has been in reference publishing for the last 19 years as geography, statistics, and map editor for companies such as Encyclopaedia Britannica, Childrens Press, Facts on File, Grolier Publishing, and Lerner Publications Company. Dr. Kaul has also worked with several economic development organizations, specializing in international trade development.

VALERIE TOMASELLI-MOSCHOVITIS is a writer and editor specializing in the social sciences. She has written or edited reference books for such publishers as Facts On File, ABC-CLIO, and Macmillan, as well as Oryx Press, and is the president of the Reference Publishing division of The Moschovitis Group in New York City. Tomaselli-Moschovitis is a graduate of Hamilton College and a Masters candidate in Business and Policy Studies at the State University of New York.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Contains 300 tables and charts organized into eight broad topics such as "Personal, Family, and Household Income and Wealth" and "Business and Corporate Wealth." Data are drawn from Statistical Abstract of the United States and other sources. This title is similar in format to the publisher's Statistical Handbook on Poverty in the Developing World, which we reviewed in our December 1, 1999, issue, calling it "a model for other collections of social statistical information."

Choice Review

Statistical Handbook lists general economic data, personal wealth figures, and business figures. Consumption tables are given for all major categories including services and travel and leisure, and some government information such as federal and state budgets. Anyone looking for income and spending statistics will delight in this handy and reasonably priced book. A rival source, Demographics USA (County Edition) (1993- ), includes far more material but is much more expensive. Libraries or businesses that need this type of information should own both, but the wealth of information Statistical Handbook contains certainly makes it the better buy. Timeliness is a minor problem (1997 is the cutoff date for most information), and presumably more up-to-date information can be found on the Web, but this book packages the information very compactly, and contents pages and the index make the information easily accessible. All levels. H. E. Schneider; University of South Carolina at Spartanburg

Table of Contents

Introductionp. v
List of Tables and Chartsp. vii
A. General Economic Datap. 1
A1. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Gross National Product (GNP)p. 2
A2. Relation of National Product to Income and Savingp. 10
A3. Net Stock of Fixed Reproducible Tangible Wealthp. 11
A4. Foreign Direct Investment in the United Statesp. 14
A5. Gross State Productp. 16
B. Personal, Family, and Household Income and Wealthp. 22
B1. Personal Income Totals and Analysis of Personal Income, Seasonally Adjusted at Annual Ratesp. 24
B2. Households and Median Income, by Selected Characteristicsp. 26
B3. Analysis of Personal Income and Its Dispositionp. 32
B4. Personal Income, by Statep. 34
B5. Projections of Personal Income in Constant (1987) Dollars, by Statep. 38
B6. Personal Income and Expenditures, per Capita, in Current Dollarsp. 39
B7. Personal Income per Capita by State, in Current and Constant Dollarsp. 40
B8. Disposable Personal Income per Capitap. 44
B9. Average Annual Pay and Personal Earningsp. 46
B10. Personal Earnings by Highest Degree Earnedp. 50
B11. Median Income for 4-Person Families, by Statep. 53
B12. Money Income of Families--Median Income by Race and Hispanic Originp. 60
B13. Median Income of Families, by Type of Familyp. 62
B14. Median Income of Nonmarried-Couple Households and by Household Sizep. 65
B15. Money Income of Households and Families--Percent Distribution, by Income Level, Race, and Hispanic Originp. 66
B16. Selected Measures of Household Income, 1969-1996p. 68
B17. Gross Saving and Investmentp. 69
B18. Flow of Funds Accounts--Individual Savingsp. 71
B19. IRAs and 401(k) Plansp. 73
B20. Nonfinancial Assets Held by Families, by Type of Assetp. 75
C. Business and Corporate Wealthp. 77
C1. Number of Business Tax Returns, Business Receipts, and Corporate Balance Sheetp. 78
C2. Corporations--Selected Financial Items, by Industryp. 80
C3. Corporations--Annual Percent Change in Receipts, by Industryp. 83
C4. Corporations--Selected Financial Items, by Asset-Size Class and Industryp. 83
C5. Corporations--Receipts, Percent Distribution by Asset-Size Class and Industryp. 84
C6. Corporate Profits, by Industryp. 85
C7. U.S. Largest Public Companiesp. 87
C8. 1000 Largest Industrial Corporationsp. 89
C9. U.S. Multinational Companiesp. 90
C10. Net Stock of Fixed Private Capitalp. 94
C11. Farmsp. 94
D. Overview of Consumptionp. 97
D1. Personal Consumption Expenditures in Current and Constant Dollarsp. 99
D2. Average Annual Expenditures of All Consumer Units, by Year, 1989-1995p. 103
D3. Average Annual Expenditures of All Consumer Units, by Region, 1995p. 106
D4. Average Annual Expenditures of All Consumer Units, by Size of Unit, 1995p. 109
D5. Average Annual Expenditures of All Consumer Units, by Type of Unit, 1995p. 111
D6. Average Annual Expenditures of All Consumer Units, by Type of Unit, Husband and Wife with Children, 1995p. 114
D7. Average Annual Expenditures of All Consumer Units, by Race and Hispanic Origin, 1995p. 116
D8. Average Annual Expenditures of All Consumer Units, by Age of Householder, 1995p. 118
D9. Annual Expenditure per Child, 1996p. 120
E. Consumption--Material Goodsp. 121
E1. Per Capita Consumption of Major Food Commoditiesp. 123
E2. Food--Retail Prices of Selected Itemsp. 133
E3. Per Capita Consumption of Selected Beverages, by Typep. 135
E4. Macronutrients, Quantities Available for Consumption per Capita per Dayp. 137
E5. Value of New Construction Put in Placep. 143
E6. New Privately Owned Housing Units Started, Total and by Statep. 147
E7. Homeownership Rates, Total and by Statep. 149
E8. Construction Contracts--Value of Construction and Floor Space of Buildingsp. 151
E9. Energy Supply and Dispositionp. 153
E10. Energy Consumption--Total and per Capita, by Statep. 157
E11. Energy Consumption--by End-Use Sector and Selected Sources, by Statep. 158
E12. Recent Trends in Apparel and Footwearp. 162
E13. Recent Trends in Household Appliancesp. 168
E14. Microcomputer Software Salesp. 174
E15. Recent Trends in Soap, Cleaners, and Toilet Goodsp. 175
F. Consumption--Servicesp. 177
F1. Selected Personal Servicesp. 179
F2. Business Servicesp. 181
F3. Public Elementary and Secondary Educationp. 186
F4. Availability and Use of Selected Teaching Resourcesp. 190
F5. Institutions of Higher Educationp. 193
F6. Internet Access and Usagep. 198
F7. Selected Health Services, Estimated Receipts and Growth in Receiptsp. 205
F8. National Health Expenditures, by Objectp. 208
F9. Health Services and Supplies--Per Capita Consumer Expenditures, by Objectp. 210
F10. Life Insurance Purchases in the United Statesp. 212
F11. Automobile Insurance--Average Expenditures per Insured Vehiclep. 213
G. Consumption--Travel, Leisure, and Other Non-Essentialsp. 215
G1. Travel by U.S. Residentsp. 217
G2. Characteristics of Tripsp. 219
G3. Domestic Travel Expenditures, by Statep. 220
G4. Media Usage and Consumer Spendingp. 221
G5. Books, Quantity Sold and Expenditurep. 224
G6. Book Purchasing by Adults--Total, Mass Market, Trade, and Hardcoverp. 227
G7. Newspapers--Number and Circulationp. 229
G8. Expenditures per Consumer Unit for Entertainment and Readingp. 231
G9. Profile of Consumer Expenditures for Sound Recordingsp. 234
G10. Recent Trends in Dolls, Toys, and Gamesp. 236
G11. Motion Pictures and Amusement and Recreation Services--Estimated Receiptsp. 238
G12. Amusement Parks--Estimated Receipts by Sourcep. 241
G13. Selected Recreational Activitiesp. 242
G14. Selected Spectator Sportsp. 244
G15. Participation in Selected Sports Activitiesp. 248
G16. Household Pet Ownershipp. 251
G17. Charity and Philanthropyp. 251
H. The Role of Governmentp. 254
H1. Federal Budgetp. 255
H2. Federal Receipts, by Sourcep. 258
H3. Federal Budget Outlaysp. 259
H4. Gross Federal Debtp. 260
H5. Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans to Small Businessesp. 262
H6. Social Welfare Expenditures under Public Programsp. 263
H7. State Governments--Sources of General Revenuep. 268
Appendix International Perspectivep. 273
Indexp. 281