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October 07, 2010

Spending on housing and transportation falls in 2009

Average annual expenditures of all consumer units, 2008 and 2009
Item Average annual expenditures Percent change, 2008–2009
2008 2009

Average annual expenditures

$50,486 $49,067 −2.8

Housing

17,109 16,895 −1.3

Transportation

8,604 7,658 −11.0

Personal insurance and pensions

5,605 5,471 −2.4

All other expenditures

5,113 5,127 0.3

Food at home

3,744 3,753 0.2

Healthcare

2,976 3,126 5.0

Entertainment

2,835 2,693 −5.0

Food away from home

2,698 2,619 −2.9

Apparel and services

1,801 1,725 −4.2

These data featured in the TED article, Spending on housing and transportation falls in 2009.