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Consumer Expenditure Survey Data Table for the Northeast Region and Metropolitan Areas (PDF)

Table 21. Selected northeastern metropolitan statistical areas: Average annual expenditures and characteristics, Consumer Expenditure Survey, 2010-2011
Item All consumer units in the Northeast New York Philadelphia Boston

Number of consumer units (in thousands)

22,382 9,080 2,527 2,947
Consumer unit characteristics

Income before taxes

$70,083 $77,886 $67,320 $85,746

Age of reference person

50.7 50.3 50.5 50.2
Average number in consumer unit

Persons

2.4 2.6 2.3 2.4

Children under 18

0.6 0.6 0.5 0.6

Persons 65 and over

0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3

Earners

1.3 1.3 1.2 1.4

Vehicles

1.6 1.3 1.5 1.7
Home ownership

Percent homeowner

63 57 69 64
Average annual expenditures

Average annual expenditures

$53,695 $58,172 $50,985 $64,802

Food

6,777 7,371 5,997 8,080

Food at home

4,005 4,163 3,577 5,089

Cereals and bakery products

584 597 529 780

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

871 996 734 1,028

Dairy products

438 437 411 528

Fruits and vegetables

782 858 625 1,019

Other food at home

1,329 1,274 1,278 1,734

Food away from home

2,772 3,208 2,419 2,991

Alcoholic beverages

509 522 492 736

Housing

19,293 23,154 19,810 21,053

Shelter

11,903 15,479 12,008 12,862

Owned dwellings

7,536 9,312 8,158 8,260

Rented dwellings

3,601 5,360 3,218 3,499

Other lodging

766 807 631 1,104

Utilities, fuels, and public services

4,041 4,273 4,442 4,121

Household operations

1,192 1,384 1,201 1,569

Housekeeping supplies

630 610 701 641

Household furnishings and equipment

1,527 1,408 1,460 1,859

Apparel and services

1,996 2,596 1,771 1,877

Transportation

8,097 7,843 7,337 9,127

Vehicle purchases (net outlay)

2,515 1,891 2,289 3,382

Gasoline and motor oil

2,209 2,006 2,147 2,489

Other vehicle expenses

2,651 2,813 2,457 2,579

Public transportation

722 1,133 444 678

Healthcare

3,247 3,089 3,086 4,107

Entertainment

2,677 2,512 2,385 3,688

Personal care products and services

615 679 600 734

Reading

127 113 136 166

Education

1,619 1,654 1,457 2,542

Tobacco products and smoking supplies

368 249 282 479

Miscellaneous

884 763 1260 1,267

Cash contributions

1,627 1,473 1,268 2,672

Personal insurance and pensions

5,859 6,155 5,105 8,276

Life and other personal insurance

378 357 248 437

Pensions and Social Security

5,481 5,798 4,857 7,839

Additional Data Available

A more detailed listing of CE results can be obtained from the BLS Internet site www.bls.gov/cex/ in text, PDF, and Excel formats. For personal assistance or further information on the Consumer Expenditure Survey, as well as other Bureau programs, contact the Mid-Atlantic Information Office at 215-597-3282.

Last Modified Date: October 9, 2012

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