Definition of "households" in IMPLAN

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    Hello, Thank you for your forum post. We use the Census definition of Households and calculate Household counts by multiplying the average Household size from Census table B25010 (see attached screenshot) by Population in the region. We get Household expenditure data from the BEA's NIPA table 2.5.5. These data measure the goods and services purchased by “persons”—that is, by households and by nonprofit institutions serving households (NPISHs)—who are resident in the United States. See Chapter 5 of this document for more on the BEA's PCE methodology: http://bea.gov/national/pdf/NIPAchapters1-9.pdf However, all that being said, what matters most for you is what you are trying to study. While our expenditure data are based on Households, it will be a fine proxy for "Family" spending if that is what you are most interested in modeling. Thanks!

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