Housing, 34.43% of expenses

Footnotes:
1. Based on 'Average Annual Expenditures of All Consumer Units by Type of Expenditure', U.S. Census Bureau (report number 684, 2009 column)

Shelter, 20.53% of expenses

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Footnotes:
1. Based on 'Average Annual Expenditures of All Consumer Units by Type of Expenditure', U.S. Census Bureau (report number 684, 2009 column)

Owned dwellings, 13.33% of expenses

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Rented dwellings, 5.83% of expenses

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Maintenance, repair, insurance, other expenses, 2.32% of expenses

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Other lodging, 1.37% of expenses

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Utilities, fuels, and public services, 7.43% of expenses

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1. Based on 'Average Annual Expenditures of All Consumer Units by Type of Expenditure', U.S. Census Bureau (report number 684, 2009 column)

Electricity, 2.81% of expenses

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Telephone services, 2.37% of expenses

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Natural gas, 0.98% of expenses

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Water and other public services, 0.98% of expenses

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Fuel oil and other fuels, 0.29% of expenses

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Household furnishings and equipment, 3.07% of expenses

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1. Based on 'Average Annual Expenditures of All Consumer Units by Type of Expenditure', U.S. Census Bureau (report number 684, 2009 column)

Miscellaneous household equipment, 1.47% of expenses

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Furniture, 0.70% of expenses

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Major appliances, 0.40% of expenses

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Household textiles, 0.25% of expenses

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Small appliances, miscellaneous housewares, 0.19% of expenses

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Floor coverings, 0.06% of expenses

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Household operations, 2.06% of expenses

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Footnotes:
1. Based on 'Average Annual Expenditures of All Consumer Units by Type of Expenditure', U.S. Census Bureau (report number 684, 2009 column)

Other household expenses, 1.27% of expenses

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Personal services, 0.79% of expenses

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Housekeeping supplies, 1.34% of expenses

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1. Based on 'Average Annual Expenditures of All Consumer Units by Type of Expenditure', U.S. Census Bureau (report number 684, 2009 column)

Other household products, 0.73% of expenses

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Laundry and cleaning supplies, 0.32% of expenses

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Postage and stationery, 0.29% of expenses

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Housing, 34.43% of expenses ::: is a portion of:

Housing, 34.43% of expenses ::: is a portion of:

Average Annual Expenditures of an American Family

Average Annual Expenditures of an American Family

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Average Annual Expenditures of an American Family

The expense categories in the adjacent pie chart are further dissected below into its respective categories and subcategories. Each category represents the percentage of spending for that category by the average American family (a 'Consumer Unit'[1] as described by the U.S. Census Bureau[2]). This data set is placed here for further discussion, analysis and dissection by githy.com's members and readers.

This data set (like other's on githy.com) is being actively combined with other pieces of relevant information. For example, drilling down into housing expenses you will see that electricity makes up about 2.8% of the average U.S. 'Consumer Unit' budget. But, to estimate the cost of each individual appliance, we integrated another data set we had on our site that pertains to residential electricity consumption - while clearly documenting the source of each data item to avoid confusion.

There are countless reasons a person may study the spending habits of American consumers that range from economic policy, to personal-budget comparison, to environmental concerns, etc. As such, there are countless logical paths that this data set may be integrated with in the future.

Footnotes:
1. "Consumer units include families, single persons living alone or sharing a household with others but who are financially independent, or two or more persons living together who share expenses"
2. Based on 'Average Annual Expenditures of All Consumer Units by Type of Expenditure', U.S. Census Bureau (report number 684, 2009 column)

Transportation, 15.61% of expenses

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Food, 12.99% of expenses

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Personal insurance and pensions, 11.15% of expenses

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Healthcare, 6.37% of expenses

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Entertainment, 5.49% of expenses

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Apparel and services, 3.52% of expenses

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Cash contributions, 3.51% of expenses

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Education, 2.18% of expenses

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Miscellaneous, 1.66% of expenses

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Personal care products and services, 1.21% of expenses

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Alcoholic beverages, 0.89% of expenses

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Tobacco products and smoking supplies, 0.77% of expenses

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Reading, 0.22% of expenses

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