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Received income from any other source, previous calendar year

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For all persons, GOTOTHER indicates if, during the month prior to the interview (1990-1996) or in the past calendar year (1997 forward), the person received income from any other source, such as VA payments, unemployment compensation, worker's compensation, child support, alimony, education benefits, or any regular financial assistance coming from anyone outside of the person's household.

In 1993, the question was only asked of persons who were interviewed in quarters 3 and 4.


From 1990 to 1996, GOTOTHER 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 core person questionnaire.

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 QINCOTH to identify persons with imputed data.

Related Variables

Sources of income not included in GOTOTHER:

  • Social Security or Railroad Retirement (GOTSS);
  • Dividends or net rental income (GOTDIV);

See the drop down menu 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.


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


  • 1990-2018