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MEPS-IC Sample Size

The MEPS-IC list sample of private sector establishments is drawn annually from the most recently updated version of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Business Register. Sample sizes are provided in the table below by reference year and establishment type.

An establishment is a particular workplace or location. A firm is a business entity consisting of one or more business establishments under common ownership or control. The sample is drawn at the establishment level, not at the firm level; more than one establishment can be sampled from the same firm. Sample sizes for private sector establishments are broken out by single and multiunit establishments. Single establishments are those where the firm has only one location; multiunit establishments are those where the firm has more than one location.

The State and Local Government sample is drawn annually from the most recently available Census of Governments. This sample is drawn at the governmental unit level, which is defined as all sites under a single controlling governmental entity.

MEPS-IC Sample Size

Year

Private sector establishments

State and local government units

Total

Single

Multi

2017

40,044

20,865

19,179

 

2016

39,751

20,926

18,825

3,028

2015

39,646

24,288

15,358

2,999

2014

39,002

23,851

15,151

2,928

2013

39,216

23,917

15,299

2,980

2012

39,034

23,877

15,157

2,912

2011

39,351

24,358

14,993

3,017

2010

38,409

23,641

14,768

3,090

2009

38,379

23,881

14,498

3,030

2008

38,754

26,313

12,441

3,058

2006

39,178

27,214

11,964

3,015

2005

39,737

27,736

12,001

3,059

2004

40,028

28,224

11,804

2,997

2003

43,774

31,151

12,623

3,001

2002

38,487

26,388

12,099

2,979

2001

39,130

26,858

12,272

2,778

2000

36,981

24,872

12,109

2,910

1999

36,916

24,744

12,172

2,710

1998

38,116

25,148

12,968

2,709

1997

36,076

25,753

10,323

2,691

1996

35,433

25,240

10,193

2,629

For information on how the private sector sample is allocated by State, see Table 1 of Methodology Report #27: Sample Design of the 2011 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Insurance Component and see Table 4 for the State and local government allocations.


 
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