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Received income from savings/bank account interest, previous calendar year

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For all persons, GOTINT reports if, during the month prior to the interview (in samples 1990-1996) or in the last calendar year (in samples 1997 forward), the person received income from interest from savings or other interest-bearing bank accounts (including investments). In 1993, this question was only asked of persons who were interviewed in quarters 3 and 4.

Please see Comparability tab for changes in wording between samples.


From 1990 to 1996, GOTINT is part of the Family Resources supplement that provides information on individuals' health benefits, amount of coverage and income received from employment, welfare benefits, public assistance, and savings. Starting in 1997, this variable is part of the person core questionnaires.

Questions in the Family Resources supplement are different from those in the core survey in terms of the content and the treatment of missing data. Questions in the Family Resources were normally asked of the month prior to the interview while the core survey asked of the last calendar year. All missing data in the Family Resources supplement were imputed by NHIS. Users can refer to the imputation flag variable QINCINT to identify persons with imputed data.

See GOTWAGE for additional related variables.


Due to the change in reference period, users should exercise strong caution when making comparisons between 1990-1996 and 1997 forward.

In 1997, the question asked whether the person received interest from savings or bank accounts. In 2000, the wording changed to ask specifically if the person received "income from interest bearing checking accounts, saving accounts, IRAs or certificates of deposit, money market funds, treasury notes, bonds, or any other investments that earn interest." In addition, dividends were explicitly excluded beginning in 2000.


  • 1990-1992; 1994-2018: All persons.
  • 1993: All persons in quarters 3 and 4.


  • 1990-2018