2019 BRFSS Survey Data and Documentation
The 2019 BRFSS data continue to reflect the changes initially made in 2011 for weighting methodology (raking) and adding cell-phone-only respondents. The aggregate BRFSS combined landline and cell phone data set is built from the landline and cell phone data submitted for 2019 and includes data for 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
2019 BRFSS Overview CDC [PDF – 298 KB]
Provides information on the background, design, data collection and processing, and the statistical and analytical issues for the combined landline and cell phone data set.
2019 BRFSS Codebook CDC [HTML – 10 MB]
Codebook for the file showing variable name, location, and frequency of values for all reporting areas combined for the combined landline and cell phone data set.
Calculated Variables in Data Files CDC [PDF – 1.91 MB]
2019 Summary Data Quality Report with Response Rates CDC [PDF – 2.19 MB]
Complex Sampling Weights and Preparing Module Data for Analysis CDC [PDF – 564 KB]
An explanation of the need to use complex sampling weights and instructions for preparing a module data set for analysis.
BRFSS Combined Landline and Cell Phone Weighted Response Rates by State, 2019 CDC
Comparability of Data CDC [PDF – 178 KB]
Comparability of data across reporting areas for the combined landline and cell phone data set. The BRFSS 2019 data is not directly comparable to years of BRFSS data before 2011 because of the changes in weighting methodology and the addition of the cell phone sampling frame.
BRFSS Modules Used by Category
Arranged by state or by category for the combined landline and cell phone data set.
Summary Matrix of Calculated Variables (CV) in the 2019 Data File
There are 418,268 records for 2019. More information on participation is available in the states conducting surveillance, by year table. The data files are provided in ASCII and SAS Transport formats.
2019 BRFSS Data (ASCII) [ZIP – 66.2 MB]
This file for the combined landline and cell phone data set is in ASCII format. It has a fixed record length of 2158 positions.
2019 BRFSS Data (SAS Transport Format) [ZIP – 101 MB]
This file for the combined landline and cell phone data set was exported from SAS V9.3 in the XPT transport format. This file contains 342 variables. This format can be imported into SPSS or STATA. Please note: some of the variable labels get truncated in the process of converting to the XPT format so they may be slightly different from what is on the SASOUT19.SAS program.
Format information on variable name by column position.
The Combined Landline and Cellular Telephone Survey Multiple Questionnaire Version Data–includes Optional Modules
The combined landline and cellular telephone multiple version questionnaire data sets contain the data from the states which conducted more than one version of their landline and cellular telephone survey questionnaires and used optional modules in 2019.
The following files are included for use with SAS software developed by SAS Institute, Inc. The SAS files are programs that can be read using any text editor. Save SAS files as plain text files.
Format19.sas CDC [SAS – 685 KB]
SAS for Windows program used to generate the 2019 format library.
Formats19 [SAS7BCAT Direct Download – 493 KB] Format library used with the 2019 BRFSS SAS Data File in 32 bit SAS.
Formats19 [SAS7BCAT Direct Download – 493 KB] Format library used with the 2019 BRFSS SAS Data File in 64 bit SAS.
SASOUT19_LLCP.SAS [SAS – 34 KB]
SAS for Windows program to convert the ASCII file into a SAS dataset.
TRANSPRT.SAS [SAS – 3 KB]
SAS for Windows program to convert the XPT (SAS Transport) file into a SAS dataset.
Formas19.sas CDC [SAS – 64 KB]
SAS for Windows format assignment statements.