National Longitudinal Study of Youth

Alternate Titles(s): NLSY
UID: 10020
The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) are a set of surveys conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several cohorts of men and women. The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NSLY) consists of the NLSY79 cohort (nationally-representative sample of 12,686 14-22 year olds) and NLSY97 cohort (nationally-representative sample of ~9,000 12-16 year olds). NLSY79 respondents were interviewed annually through 1994 and are currently interviewed on a biennial basis. NLSY97 respondents are interviewed on an annual basis.
1979 - Present
Geographic Coverage
United States
Subject of Study
Subject Domain
Population Age
Child (2 years - 12 years)
Adolescent (13 years - 18 years)
Adult (19 years - 64 years)
Aged (80 years and over)
Newborn (under 1 month)


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Application Required

All public-use data for both the NYSL79 and NYSL97 must be accessed through the National Longitudinal Surveys Investigator portal, a web-based search and extraction program for data which requires free account registration.

Researchers within the United States can apply to the BLS for additional access to geocoded files. Zip Code and Census tract files for NYSL79 and NYSL97 and School Survey data for NYSL97 are available with an approved application and can only be accessed at designated locations such as the BLS national office and Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDCs).

Access via 1997 NLSY

Public-use data and documentation for the NLSY97 cohort

Access via 1979 NLSY

Public-use data and documentation for the NLSY79 cohort

Access via NLS

Applications for Geocode data and School Survey data

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