4-2 Average Household Expenditures by Major Spending Category: 2009

4-2 Average Household Expenditures by Major Spending Category: 2009

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Current dollars    
Average income (before taxes) $62,857  
Average annual expenditures $49,067  
Housing $16,895 34%
Food $6,372 13%
Apparel and services $1,725 4%
Personal insurance and pensions $5,471 11%
Health care $3,126 6%
Transportation $7,658 16%
Private vehicle expenditures $7,179  
Vehicle purchases $2,657  
Gasoline and motor oil $1,986  
Other vehicle expenditures $2,536  
Public transportation expenditures $479  
Airline fares $301  
Mass transit fares $65  
Ship fares $48  
Taxi fares $30  
Intercity train fares $15  
Local transportation on out-of-town trips $11  
Intercity bus fares $9  
School bus <$1  
Othera $7,820 16%

a Includes alcoholic beverages, entertainment, personal care products and services, reading, education, tobacco products and smoking, miscellaneous, and others.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Expenditure Survey, 2009, personal communication, October 2010.