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Physical difficulty

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DIFFPHYS indicates whether the respondent has serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

For more information about difficulty variables in the CPS see DIFFANY.


This variable is completely comparable across years.

Comparability with IPUMS-USA

This variable is fully comparable to the IPUMS-USA variable DIFFPHYS, although the CPS question wording differs slightly from that in pre-2008 ACS samples.


  • Civilians age 15+.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2008 - - - - - - X X X X X X X
2009 – 2020 X X X X X X X X X X X X X
2021 X X X X X X X X X X - - -



Unharmonized Variables