Figure 5-2 Average Household Expenditures by Major Spending Category: 2005

Figure 5-2 Average Household Expenditures by Major Spending Category: 2005

(Current dollars)

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Category Amount Percentage
Average income (before taxes) $58,712  
Average annual expenditures $46,409  
Housing $15,167 33%
Food $5,931 13%
Apparel and services $1,886 4%
Personal insurance and pensions $5,204 11%
Health care $2,664 6%
Transportation $8,344 18%
Private vehicle expenditures $7,896  
Vehicle purchases $3,544  
Gasoline and motor oil $2,013  
Other vehicle expenditures $2,339  
Public transportation expenditures $448  
Airline fares $285  
Ship fares $42  
Mass transit fares $52  
Taxi fares $24  
Intercity train fares $19  
Local transportation on out-of-town trips $11  
Intercity bus fares $12  
School bus $3  
Othera $7,212 16%

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, 2005; and personal communication, November 2006.