5-2 Average Household Expenditures by Major Spending Category: 2008

5-2 Average Household Expenditures by Major Spending Category: 2008

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Current dollars    
Average income (before taxes) $63,563  
Average annual expenditures $50,486  
Housing $17,109 34%
Food $6,443 13%
Apparel and services $1,801 4%
Personal insurance and pensions $5,605 11%
Health care $2,976 6%
Transportation $8,604 17%
Private vehicle expenditures $8,091  
Vehicle purchases $2,755  
Gasoline and motor oil $2,715  
Other vehicle expenditures $2,621  
Public transportation expenditures $513  
Airline fares $343  
Ship fares $38  
Mass transit fares $61  
Taxi fares $25  
Intercity train fares $22  
Local transportation on out-of-town trips $12  
Intercity bus fares $11  
School bus $1  
Othera $7,949 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, 2008, personal communication, October 2009.