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Food accounts for 12.6 percent of American households’ expenditures

Food accounts for 12.6 percent of American households’ expenditures
With a 12.6-percent share, food ranked third behind housing (33.3 percent) and transportation (17 percent) in a typical American household’s 2014 expenditures.  Expenditure shares for the three largest budget categories—housing, transportation, and food—all fell slightly in 2014, while healthcare costs rose from 7.1 percent in 2013 to 8 percent in 2014.

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Last updated: Tuesday, February 09, 2016

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