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What average Americans spend in a year in 22 major cities

Americans spend the bulk of their money on housing, food, and transportation. Here's what it looks like in different US cities.


By Tanza Loudenback, Business Insider

Americans spend most of their money on three things: housing, food, and transportation.

That's why one of the best strategies to save more money is to cut down spending one of the Big Three. Thankfully, it may be easier to do than you think.

To find out how much Americans spend on everything from housing, food, and transportation to healthcare, entertainment, and shopping, we consulted the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Expenditure Surveys. The data covers the most recent period of 2016 to 2017 and reveals average annual expenditures for consumer units 22 major metros in the Northeast, South, West, and Midwest.

A consumer unit, as defined by BLS, is a household ranging in size from one individual to three or more people.

The total annual expenditure on all goods and services for the average household ranges from $48,654 in Tampa to $83,790 in Seattle. Notably, the amount residents spend on housing in both cities makes up about 30% of their total annual spending.


22. Tampa


Average annual spend: $48,654 ($4,054/month)

Food: $6,289 ($524/month)

Housing: $17,131 ($1,427/month)

Transportation: $8,307 ($692/month)


21. Miami


Average annual spend: $59,947 ($4,995/month)

Food: $7,040 ($586/month)

Housing: $22,350 ($1,862/month)

Transportation: $10,507 ($875/month)


20. Detroit


Average annual spend: $60,183 ($5,015/month)

Food: $7,397 ($616/month)

Housing: $18,794 ($1,566/month)

Transportation: $10,426 ($868/month)


19. Chicago


Average annual spend: $60,582 ($5,048/month)

Food: $8,170 ($680/month)

Housing: $21,254 ($1,771/month)

Transportation: $7,717 ($643/month)


18. Phoenix


Average annual spend: $62,072 ($5,172/month)

Food: $6,856 ($571/month)

Housing: $19,491 ($1,624/month)

Transportation: $9,985 ($832/month)


17. Atlanta


Average annual spend: $62,250 ($5,187/month)

Food: $6,683 ($556/month)

Housing: $20,965 ($1,747/month)

Transportation: $11,747 ($978)


16. St. Louis


Average annual spend: $62,394 ($5,199/month)

Food: $7,300 ($608/month)

Housing: $20,154 ($1,679/month)

Transportation: $9,958 ($829/month)


15. Dallas-Fort Worth


Average annual spend: $63,207 ($5,267/month)

Food: $6,571 ($547/month)

Housing: $22,350 ($1,862/month)

Transportation: $10,507 ($875/month)


14. Honolulu


Average annual spend: $65,099 ($5,425/month)

Food: $10,036 ($836/month)

Housing: $24,355 ($2,029/month)

Transportation: $7,391 ($615/month)


13. Philadelphia


Average annual spend: $65,436 ($5,453/month)

Food: $8,203 ($683/month)

Housing: $20,932 ($1,744/month)

Transportation: $9,505 ($792/month)


12. Los Angeles


Average annual spend: $66,971 ($5,580/month)

Food: $8,727 ($727/month)

Housing: $24,311 ($2,025/month)

Transportation: $9,741 ($811/month)


11. Houston


Average annual spend: $67,304 ($5,608/month)

Food: $9,153 ($762/month)

Housing: $21,818 ($1,818/month)

Transportation: $10,507 ($875/month)


10. New York


Average annual spend: $67,782 ($5,648/month)

Food: $7,689 ($640/month)

Housing: $26,113 ($2,176/month)

Transportation: $7,907 ($658/month)


9. Baltimore


Average annual spend: $69,126 ($5,760/month)

Food: $8,964 ($747/month)

Housing: $23,247 ($1,937/month)

Transportation: $11,049 ($920/month)


8. Minneapolis-St. Paul


Average annual spend: $70,487 ($5,873/month)

Food: $8,571 ($714/month)

Housing: $22,782 ($1,898/month)

Transportation: $9,409 ($784/month)


7. Anchorage


Average annual spend: $71,606 ($5,967/month)

Food: $8,306 ($692/month)

Housing: $23,039 ($1,919/month)

Transportation: $12,446 ($1,037/month)


6. Denver


Average annual spend: $74,088 ($6,174/month)

Food: $8,855 ($737/month)

Housing: $25,059 ($2,088/month)

Transportation: $11,841 ($986/month)


5. Boston


Average annual spend: $74,316 ($6,193/month)

Food: $8,264 ($688/month)

Housing: $29,015 ($2,417/month)

Transportation: $8,463 ($705/month)


4. San Francisco


Average annual spend: $79,291 ($6,607/month)

Food: $8,918 ($743/month)

Housing: $32,656 ($2,721/month)

Transportation: $7,974 ($664/month)


3. San Diego


Average annual spend: $79,585 ($6,632/month)

Food: $9,984 ($832/month)

Housing: $28,595 ($2,382/month)

Transportation: $10,592 ($882/month)


2. Washington, DC


Average annual spend: $79,921 ($6,660/month)

Food: $9,188 ($765/month)

Housing: $29,101 ($2,425/month)

Transportation: $10,748 ($895/month)


1. Seattle


Average annual spend: $83,790 ($6,982/month)

Food: $10,958 ($913/month)

Housing: $26,965 ($2,247/month)

Transportation: $12,810 ($1,067/month)

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