22 Sep

What Do You Spend on Essentials?

How does your spending on essentials such as housing, food, transportation and health care compare to that of other Americans?

Check these figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey to find out.* The chart shows the percentage of income spent by Americans in each category, broken into five groups by annual income, each representing one-fifth of the total population.

chart of percentage of income spend by Americans for housing, food, transportation and health care

* Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics news release, April 2, 2015. Expenditures measured from July 2013 through June 2014.