Hispanic or Latino households more than double spending on education from 2007 to 2017

October 05, 2018

Today, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by taking a look at changes in Hispanic or Latino household spending from 2007 to 2017. Over this period, on average, Hispanic or Latino households more than doubled spending on education. This compared with an increase of 58 percent for all households.

Percent change in household spending by race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, 2007 to 2017 annual averages
Expenditure All households Hispanic or Latino Non-Hispanic
White and all other races
Non-Hispanic
Black or African-American

Education

57.8% 116.1% 59.2% 36.2%

Healthcare

72.7 98.3 73.2 83.4

Personal care products and services

29.6 36.3 28.5 35.3

Personal insurance and pensions

26.9 29.5 28.0 30.9

Miscellaneous

25.0 26.8 26.0 41.3

Reading

-6.8 26.3 -6.4 2.2

Food

26.0 23.0 28.2 17.7

Alcoholic beverages

22.1 19.5 27.4 -11.4

Housing

17.5 16.6 18.4 17.7

Entertainment

18.7 12.2 21.1 28.4

Apparel and services

-2.6 4.3 -2.8 -10.0

Transportation

9.3 1.7 11.6 7.6

Cash contributions

2.9 -9.6 3.9 21.4

Tobacco products and smoking supplies

2.8 -27.3 5.2 23.2

Hispanic or Latino household spending on reading increased 26 percent from 2007 to 2017, compared with a decrease of 7 percent for all households. Over that period, household spending on reading increased 2 percent for non-Hispanic Black or African-Americans and decreased 6 percent for non-Hispanic Whites and all other races.

From 2007 to 2017, cash contributions by Hispanic or Latino households decreased 10 percent. This compared with an increase of 21 percent by Black or African-American households and an increase of 4 percent for Whites and all other races.

These data come from the Consumer Expenditure Surveys. Households, or consumer units, include families, single persons living alone or sharing a household with others but who are financially independent, or two or more persons living together who share expenses. 

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Hispanic or Latino households more than double spending on education from 2007 to 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/hispanic-or-latino-households-more-than-double-spending-on-education-from-2007-to-2017.htm (visited December 19, 2018).

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