5-2 Average Household Expenditures by Major Spending Category: 2006

5-2 Average Household Expenditures by Major Spending Category: 2006

(Current dollars)

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Average income (before taxes) $60,533  
Average annual expenditures $48,398  
Housing $16,366 34%
Food $6,111 13%
Apparel and services $1,874 4%
Personal insurance and pensions $5,270 11%
Health care $2,766 6%
Transportation $8,508 18%
Private vehicle expenditures $8,003  
Vehicle purchases $3,421  
Gasoline and motor oil $2,227  
Other vehicle expenditures $2,355  
Public transportation expenditures $505  
Airline fares $335  
Ship fares $55  
Mass transit fares $51  
Taxi fares $22  
Intercity train fares $16  
Local transportation on out-of-town trips $13  
Intercity bus fares $11  
School bus $2  
Othera $7,504 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, 2006; and personal communication, October 2007.