TABLE 6-1a Average Household Transportation Expenditures: 1992-2002

TABLE 6-1a Average Household Transportation Expenditures: 1992-2002

Chained 2000 dollars

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  1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Vehicle purchases 2,517 2,569 2,889 2,693 2,820 2,732 2,989 3,320 3,418 3,566 3,711
Gasoline and motor oil 1,263 1,281 1,287 1,293 1,310 1,330 1,415 1,349 1,291 1,328 1,366
Other vehicle expenses 1,712 1,806 1,925 1,979 2,025 2,206 2,202 2,262 2,281 2,317 2,370
Other transportation 357 368 437 396 467 421 450 407 427 394 378

NOTES: Data are based on survey results. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) uses the term consumer unit rather than household. BLS defines a consumer unit as 1) members of a household related by blood, marriage, adoption, or other legal arrangement; 2) a person living alone; sharing a household with others; rooming in a private home, lodging, or in permanent living quarters in a hotel or motel but who is financially independent; or 3) two or more persons living together and making joint expenditure decisions.

Other transportation includes both local transit (e.g., bus and taxi travel) and long-distance travel (e.g., airplane trips.)

Current dollar amounts (see table 6-1b) were converted to chained 2000 dollars by Bureau of Transportation Statistics to eliminate to effects of inflation over time.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Expenditure Survey data query, January, 2004.