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Accession Number PB2013-110756
Title Expenditures on Children by Families, 2012.
Publication Date Aug 2013
Media Count 39p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Since 1960, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided estimates of expenditures on children from birth through age 17. This technical report presents the most recent estimates for husband-wife and single-parent families using data from the 2005-06 Consumer Expenditure Survey, updated to 2012 dollars using the Consumer Price Index. Data and methods used in calculating annual child-rearing expenses are described. Estimates are provided for major components of the budget by age of child, family income, and region of residence. For the overall United States, annual child-rearing expense estimates ranged between $12,600 and $14,700 for a child in a two-child, married-couple family in the middle-income group. Adjustment factors for number of children in the household are also provided. Results of this study should be of use in developing State child support and foster care guidelines, as well as in family educational programs.
Keywords Allocations
Child support
Childrearing expenses
Consumer Expenditure Survey
Consumer Price Index(CPI)
Data sources
Educational programs
Foster care
Statistical data
United States

Source Agency Department of Agriculture-General
NTIS Subject Category 70F - Public Administration & Government
92C - Social Concerns
96A - Domestic Commerce, Marketing, & Economics
43C - Human Resources
Corporate Author Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Miscellaneous pub.
NTIS Issue Number 1326
Contract Number N/A

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