Consumer Spending Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, Department of Agriculture, Department of State, Centers for Disease Control, Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Date Verified: 7.19.2013
How we spend our money is a good indication of what we deem most important in our lives. The following charts gives the average monthly spending per person for the civilian population over the age of 16. How does your spending compare?
Services
Spent Monthly
Housing and Utilities
$665
Housing $557
Electricity $60
Natural Gas $16
Health Care $601
Hospitals $227
Physicians Services $138
Nursing Homes $51
Dental Services $38
Home Health Care $30
Medical Laboratories $12
Other Services $427
Higher Education $57
Foreign Travel $43
Cell-Phone Services $36
Legal Services $34
Personal-Care Services $34
Internet Access $19
Accounting/Business Services $10
Funeral/Burial Services $7
Landline Telephone $5
Moving/Storage $5
Labor-Organization Dues $4
Day Care/Nursery Schools $4
Postal/Delivery Services $3
Laundry/Dry Cleaning $3
Financial Services/Insurance $280
Insurance $94
Investment Advice $33
Financial Service Fees $31
Pension Funds $14
Securities Commissions $13
Lodging and Food Services $234
Restaurant Meals $181
Alcohol Purchased with Meals $26
Hotels $25
Housing at Schools $9
School Lunches $3
Recreation $137
Cable TV $29
Amusement Parks $16
Pets $9
Movie Theaters $4
Museums/Libraries $2
Transportation $106
Public $31
Air $19
Water $0.84
Goods Spent Monthly
Other Goods $375
Pharmaceuticals $119
Household Cleaning Supplies $42
Personal Care $35
Tobacco $34
Games, Toys and Hobbies $22
Jewelry $21
Watches $3
Film/Photo Supplies $0.82
Food $281
Poultry $17
Sugar/Sweets $15
Beef/Veal $14
Fresh Fruit $10
Wine $9
Seafood $5
Gasoline and Energy $151
Gas/other Motor Fuel $139
Fuel oil $8
Motor Vehicles $151
New Autos $27
Used Autos $18
Accessories/Parts $10
Tires $8
Clothing $121
Women’s Clothing $59
Men’s Clothing $35
Shoes $21
Children’s Clothing $5
Recreation $119
TV’s $13
Pleasure Boats $3
Musical Instruments $2
Bicycles $2
Furnishings $87
Furniture $29
Appliances $14
Dishes $6
Tools $6
Outdoor Equipment $2
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