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Table 1 CPS and ACS comparison of observable characteristics

From: Minimum wages, earnings, and migration

   CPS (1994–2007)   ACS (2000-2007)
 Average age (yrs)   36   35
 Age 30 or less (%)   38   39
 Male (%)   64   64
 Live in metro area (%)   92   90
 Married (%)   54   48
 Never married (%)   30   32
 Spouse absent (%)   7   9
 No children (%)   70   51
 One child (%)   11   15
 12th grade (%)   40   43
 9th grade (%)   9   9
 5th or 6th grade (%)   18   17
 Latino (%)   66   75
 Born in Mexico (%)   46   56
 Construction (%)   11   15
 Food service (%)   12   14
 Private sector (%)   98   93
 Obs.   96,776   484,917
  1. The ACS uses NAICS industry codes while the CPS uses SIC Detailed Industry codes.