Total Annual Consumer Expenditures by Major Category, 2004–2011

From food to pensions

 
Item 2004 2006 2008 2011
Average annual expenditures $43,395 $48,398 $50,486 $49,705
  Food 5,781 6,111 6,443 6,458
    At home 3,347 3,417 3,744 3,838
    Away from home 2,434 2,694 2,698 2,620
  Housing 13,918 16,366 17,109 16,803
  Apparel and services 1,816 1,874 1,801 1,740
  Transportation 7,801 8,508 8,604 8,293
  Healthcare 2,574 2,766 2,976 3,313
  Entertainment 2,218 2,376 2,835 2,572
  Personal insurance and pensions 4,823 5,270 5,605 5,424

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