Figure 9 Average Household Expenditures by Major Spending Category: 2004

Figure 9 Average Household Expenditures by Major Spending Category: 2004

(Current dollars)

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Average income (before taxes) $54,453  
Average annual expenditures $43,395  
Housing $13,918 32%
Food $5,781 13%
Apparel and services $1,816 4%
Personal insurance and pensions $4,823 11%
Health care $2,574 6%
Transportation $7,801 18%
Private vehicle expenditures $7,360  
Vehicle purchases $3,397  
Gasoline and motor oil $1,598  
Other vehicle expenditures $2,365  
Public transportation expenditures $441  
Airline fares $276  
Ship fares $52  
Mass transit fares $46  
Taxi fares $29  
Intercity train fares $18  
Local transportation on out-of-town trips $10  
Intercity bus fares $9  
School bus $1  
Othera $6,682 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 2005.