NOTES: Data are based on survey results.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics uses the term consumer unit rather than household. There are an average of 2.5 persons in each consumer unit. A consumer unit is defined as members of a household related by blood, marrige, adoption, or other legal arrangement; a single person living alone or sharing a household with another but who is financially independent; or two or more persons living together who share responsibility for at least two-thirds of major types of expenses—food, housing, and other expenses.
Other transportation includes both local transit (e.g., bus and taxi travel) and long-distance travel (e.g., airplane trips).
All dollar amounts are expressed in chained 1996 dollars, unless otherwise specified. Current dollar amounts (which are available in appendix B of this report) were adjusted to eliminate the effects of inflation over time.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Expenditure Survey data query, November 2002.