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Food accounts for 13 percent of American households’ expenditures

Food accounts for 13 percent of American households’ expenditures
With a 12.9-percent share, food ranked third behind housing (33.6 percent) and transportation (17.6 percent) in a typical American household’s 2013 expenditures.  Food’s share of consumer expenditures is down from 15 percent in 1984, as the share of income spent on housing, health care, and entertainment each rose slightly.

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Last updated: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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