Food accounted for 11.9 percent of U.S. households’ expenditures in 2020

Pie chart of U.S. household consumer expenditures by major categories

With an 11.9-percent share, food ranked third—behind housing (34.9 percent) and transportation (16 percent)—among the expenditures of the average U.S. household in 2020. Compared with 2019, shares for food, transportation, entertainment/ alcoholic beverages, apparel, education/ reading, and “other” categories of spending fell slightly in 2020, and shares for housing, personal insurance/ pensions, healthcare, and savings rose slightly.

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