U.S. Census Bureau

Working At Home

There are several sources of data on working at home on our Internet site:

Decennial Censuses

Working at home is measured in decennial censuses by responses to the question, "How did you usually get to work LAST WEEK?" One of the categories respondents may check is "Worked at home." Usually is defined to mean the most number of days during the week. As a result, people who regularly work at home one or two days a week, but elsewhere during the other three days, are not reflected in the work-at-home estimates from the census. This means that estimates from the decennial censuses may differ from other sources that define working at home in a significantly different manner.

Survey of Income and Program Participation

The Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) includes data from the Work Schedule Topical Module. It asks which days were worked in a typical week last month. It also asks about any days worked at home. The 1995 SIPP asks about all jobs, while the 1997 SIPP only asks respondents about their primary job.

For more information see the SIPP home page.

Other Related Topics

For More Information Contact:

Journey-to-Work and Migration Statistics Branch, Population Division, U.S. Bureau of the Census, Washington, D.C. 20233, (301) 763-2454.

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