4-2 Average Household Expenditures by Major Spending Category: 2010

4-2 Average Household Expenditures by Major Spending Category: 2010

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Current dollars    
Average income (before taxes) $62,481  
Average annual expenditures $48,109  
Housing $16,557 34.4%
Food $6,129 12.7%
Apparel and services $1,700 3.5%
Personal insurance and pensions $5,373 11.2%
Health care $3,157 6.6%
Transportation $7,677 16.0%
Private vehicle expenditures $7,184  
Vehicle purchases $2,588  
Gasoline and motor oil $2,132  
Other vehicle expenditures $2,464  
Public transportation expenditures $493  
Airline fares $325  
Mass transit fares $67  
Ship fares $39  
Taxi fares $23  
Intercity train fares $16  
Local transportation on out-of-town trips $11  
Intercity bus fares $10  
School bus $2  
Othera $7,516 15.6%

aIncludes 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, 2010, personal communication, October 2011.