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 percent) and transportation (15.8 percent) in a typical American household's 2016 expenditures. Expenditure shares for housing, food, personal insurance and pensions, healthcare, and savings rose slightly in 2016, while transportation, entertainment and alcoholic beverage, and apparel expenditure shares fell from 2015 to 2016.

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