Estimated Annual Expenditures on a Child by Husband-Wife Families, 2005

    Expenditure type
Family income and
age of child
Total Housing Food Transportation Clothing Health
care
Child care
and education
Miscellaneous1
Before-tax income: Less than $43,200 (average = $26,900)
 0–2 $7,300 $2,770 $1,000 $880 $350 $550 $1,080 $670
 3–5 7,480 2,740 1,120 850 340 520 1,220 690
 6–8 7,510 2,640 1,440 990 380 600 730 730
 9–11 7,480 2,390 1,720 1,080 420 660 440 770
 12–14 8,310 2,660 1,810 1,210 700 660 310 960
 15–17 8,290 2,150 1,960 1,630 620 710 510 710
Total $139,110 $46,050 $27,150 $19,920 $8,430 $11,100 $12,870 $13,590
Before-tax income: $43,200 to $72,600 (average = $57,400)
 0–2 $10,220 $3,750 $1,200 $1,310 $410 $720 $1,780 $1,050
 3–5 10,500 3,710 1,390 1,280 400 690 1,970 1,060
 6–8 10,410 3,620 1,770 1,420 440 790 1,270 1,100
 9–11 10,250 3,360 2,080 1,500 490 850 830 1,140
 12–14 10,990 3,640 2,090 1,640 820 860 610 1,330
 15–17 11,290 3,120 2,330 2,080 730 910 1,040 1,080
Total $190,980 $63,600 $32,580 $27,690 $9,870 $14,460 $22,500 $20,280
Before-tax income: More than $72,600 (average = $108,700)
 0–2 $15,190 $5,960 $1,590 $1,830 $540 $830 $2,690 $1,750
 3–5 15,550 5,920 1,800 1,800 530 800 2,930 1,770
 6–8 15,250 5,830 2,170 1,940 570 910 2,020 1,810
 9–11 14,970 5,570 2,520 2,030 620 980 1,400 1,850
 12–14 15,800 5,850 2,650 2,160 1,040 980 1,080 2,040
 15–17 16,390 5,330 2,790 2,620 940 1,040 1,890 1,780
Total $279,450 $103,380 $40,560 $37,140 $12,720 $16,620 $36,030 $33,000
1. Expenses include personal care items, entertainment, and reading materials.
Source: Dept. of Agriculture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, Expenditures on Children by Families, 2005 Annual Report.

Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

Estimated Annual Expenditures on a Child by Husband-Wife Families, 2007 Household and Family Statistics Percent Distribution of Total Annual Expenditures by Major Category, 2001–2004