Figure 10 Average Household Expenditures by Major Spending Category: 2003

Figure 10 Average Household Expenditures by Major Spending Category: 2003

(Current dollars)

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Average income (before taxes) $51,128  
Average annual expenditures $40,817  
Housing $13,432 33%
Food $5,340 13%
Apparel and services $1,640 4%
Personal insurance and pensions $4,055 10%
Health care $2,416 6%
Transportation $7,781 19%
Private vehicle expenditures $7,396  
Vehicle purchases $3,732  
Gasoline and motor oil $1,333  
Other vehicle expenditures $2,331  
Public transportation expenditures $385  
Airline fares $253  
Mass transit fares $49  
Ship fares $28  
Taxi fares $22  
Intercity train fares $16  
Intercity bus fares $9  
Local transportation on out-of-town trips $8  
School bus $1  
Othera $6,153 15%

a Includes entertainment, personal care products and services, education, tobacco products and smoking, and miscellaneous.

Note: Numbers do not add to totals due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Expenditure Survey, 2004; and personal communication, December 2004.