Welcome to the Understanding America Study

This study is conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California. If you would like to find out more about who we are, watch the video below (about 2.5 minutes).

We are interested in how people in the United States are getting by these days, and how things are going in their lives and in the country. We rely on study members to provide information that government agencies and researchers can use to understand the needs and opinions of individuals and families. It is important that we hear from everyone – younger and older, from every walk of life, and from every city, suburb, desert, and rural area across the United States. It is important that we hear from you!

To get started, enter your login code* below and fill out a short survey. As a thank you, we will send you a $15 prepaid card. If you like it, you can do more surveys and earn more rewards.

Thank you! It is only with your help that our research can be useful and successful!

Arie Kapteyn

If you have a login code*, you can start right away. Just enter the code below and click "Submit" to continue.

* You can find your login code on the cover page of your paper survey or letter.

If you do not have a login code, please contact the helpdesk at 1-855-872-8673 (9am - 5pm PST) or by email: