5-2 Average Household Expenditures by Major Spending Category: 2007

5-2 Average Household Expenditures by Major Spending Category: 2007

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Current dollars    
Average income (before taxes) $63,091  
Average annual expenditures $49,638  
Housing $16,920 34%
Food $6,133 12%
Apparel and services $1,881 4%
Personal insurance and pensions $5,336 11%
Health care $2,853 6%
Transportation $8,758 18%
Private vehicle expenditures $8,220  
Vehicle purchases $3,244  
Gasoline and motor oil $2,384  
Other vehicle expenditures $2,592  
Public transportation expenditures $538  
Airline fares $360  
Ship fares $53  
Mass transit fares $55  
Taxi fares $24  
Intercity train fares $21  
Local transportation on out-of-town trips $13  
Intercity bus fares $10  
School bus $1  
Othera $7,757 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, 2007; and personal communication as of November 2008.