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

Table 23. Selected southern metropolitan statistical areas: Average annual expenditures and characteristics, Consumer Expenditure Survey, 2010-2011
Item All consumer units in the South Washington, D.C. Baltimore Atlanta Miami Dallas-Fort Worth Houston

Number of consumer units (in thousands)

44,675 2,105 944 2,331 1,638 2,504 1,992
Consumer unit characteristics

Income before taxes

$58,802 $108,724 $92,055 $69,914 $52,934 $70,942 $67,442

Age of reference person

50 48.2 52.1 46.7 51.3 45.6 45.8
Average number in consumer unit

Persons

2.5 2.5 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.8 3.0

Children under 18

0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.5 0.8 0.9

Persons 65 and over

0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.2

Earners

1.2 1.4 1.4 1.3 1.3 1.5 1.6

Vehicles

1.9 1.9 1.9 1.7 1.4 1.8 2.0
Home ownership

Percent homeowner

68 67 73 69 57 61 66
Average annual expenditures

Average annual expenditures

$44,978 $72,448 $55,363 $49,692 $38,354 $54,628 $54,659

Food

5,813 8,342 6,920 5,798 4,933 6,994 6,857

Food at home

3,421 4,482 4,061 3,291 3,358 3,949 3,702

Cereals and bakery products

466 592 614 440 470 550 478

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

787 1,011 927 791 848 885 802

Dairy products

348 466 375 327 383 388 358

Fruits and vegetables

601 875 727 591 740 748 717

Other food at home

1,218 1,538 1,419 1,143 917 1,378 1,347

Food away from home

2,393 3,860 2,859 2,507 1,575 3,045 3,155

Alcoholic beverages

356 740 372 431 228 383 430

Housing

14,940 25,590 20,695 18,448 15,911 18,241 18,287

Shelter

8,116 16,628 12,946 10,681 10,391 10,248 9,925

Owned dwellings

5,169 10,724 8,829 7,301 5,245 6,407 6,487

Rented dwellings

2,429 4,309 2,921 2,879 4,813 3,371 2,853

Other lodging

518 1,596 1,196 502 334 470 585

Utilities, fuels, and public services

3,872 4,254 4,424 4,348 3,496 4,461 4,472

Household operations

962 1,740 1,024 1,166 701 1,237 1,483

Housekeeping supplies

577 720 687 724 458 739 620

Household furnishings and equipment

1,412 2,247 1,615 1,528 865 1,557 1,788

Apparel and services

1,561 2,775 1,719 1,644 897 2,260 2,218

Transportation

7,929 10,889 6,606 7,998 6,039 9,314 9,146

Vehicle purchases (net outlay)

2,728 3,176 (1) 1,962 2,761 (1) 1,149 3,175 2,542

Gasoline and motor oil

2,513 2,479 2,401 2,645 2,268 2,918 3,050

Other vehicle expenses

2,358 4,009 1,877 2,060 2,205 2,833 2,975

Public transportation

331 1,224 366 533 418 388 578

Healthcare

3,101 4,306 3,283 2,724 1,872 3,464 3,224

Entertainment

2,353 3,710 2,876 2,281 1,404 2,675 2,642

Personal care products and services

586 1,049 646 647 542 827 784

Reading

84 196 110 76 23 103 132

Education

689 1,300 2,173 1,064 526 632 1,130

Tobacco products and smoking supplies

396 232 260 167 197 420 365

Miscellaneous

688 1,184 456 724 430 582 1,125

Cash contributions

1,623 2,130 1,679 1,624 765 1,949 2,320

Personal insurance and pensions

4,858 10,004 7,567 6,067 4,585 6,783 6,000

Life and other personal insurance

296 436 380 235 138 384 319

Pensions and Social Security

4,562 9,568 7,187 5,833 4,447 6,399 5,680

Footnotes:
(1) Data are likely to have large sampling errors.

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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