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Food away from home as a share of household food expenditures has risen steadily since 1970, reaching its highest level of 43.1 percent in 2012

Percent
Line 1.
Point 1, 1970 is 25.9.
Point 2, 1971 is 26.1.
Point 3, 1972 is 26.7.
Point 4, 1973 is 26.9.
Point 5, 1974 is 26.4.
Point 6, 1975 is 28.1.
Point 7, 1976 is 29.6.
Point 8, 1977 is 30.4.
Point 9, 1978 is 31.4.
Point 10, 1979 is 31.9.
Point 11, 1980 is 32.0.
Point 12, 1981 is 32.9.
Point 13, 1982 is 34.2.
Point 14, 1983 is 35.0.
Point 15, 1984 is 35.2.
Point 16, 1985 is 35.5.
Point 17, 1986 is 36.2.
Point 18, 1987 is 36.4.
Point 19, 1988 is 36.4.
Point 20, 1989 is 36.0.
Point 21, 1990 is 35.8.
Point 22, 1991 is 35.9.
Point 23, 1992 is 36.5.
Point 24, 1993 is 37.6.
Point 25, 1994 is 37.9.
Point 26, 1995 is 38.9.
Point 27, 1996 is 38.3.
Point 28, 1997 is 39.1.
Point 29, 1998 is 39.7.
Point 30, 1999 is 39.7.
Point 31, 2000 is 40.4.
Point 32, 2001 is 40.0.
Point 33, 2002 is 39.3.
Point 34, 2003 is 40.6.
Point 35, 2004 is 40.8.
Point 36, 2005 is 41.8.
Point 37, 2006 is 42.6.
Point 38, 2007 is 42.8.
Point 39, 2008 is 42.2.
Point 40, 2009 is 42.1.
Point 41, 2010 is 42.2.
Point 42, 2011 is 42.3.
Point 43, 2012 is 43.1.

Food away-from-home expenditures divided by total food expenditures, for all families and individuals.

Total expenditures on food away from home include expense-account meals, food furnished to inmates and patients, and food and cash donated to schools and institutions. These items are not included in expenditures on food away from home for all families and individuals.

Source: Economic Research Service (ERS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Expenditures http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-expenditures.aspx