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735. Average Annual Expenditures of All Consumer Units, by Metropolitan Area

[In dollars. Metropolitan areas defined June 30, 1983, CMSA=Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area; MSA=Metropolitan Statistical Area; PMSA=Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area. See text, section 1, and Appendix II. Based on Consumer Expenditure Survey, integrated data from the Interview and Diary surveys; see text, section 14, and summary below table. In interpreting the expenditure data, several factors should be considered. First the data are averages for the noninstitutional population. Second, the expenditures reported here are out-of-pocket]

 
1997-1998 1997-1998 1997-1998 1997-1998 1997-1998 1997-1998 1997-1998 1997-1998 1997-1998
FOOD AT HOME HOUSING HOUSING TRANSPORTATION
Total Food Alco- Apparel Health Enter- Personal Reading Educa- Tobacco, Personal Consumer Income
expendi- Food Meats, away holic Shelter Shelter Utility, House- Furnish- and Vehicle care tainment care tion smoking Miscel- Cash insurance, units before
Metropolitan Area tures1 Total Cereal & poultry, Dairy Fruits Other from bever- Total1 Fuel, hold Supplies ings, services Total1 purch- Gas and Other Public laneous contri- pensions (1,000) taxes
bakery fish, vege- home ages Total Owned Rented Other public opera- equip- ases motor oil transpor- butions
products eggs tables dwellings dwellings lodging services tions ment tation
 
Anchorage, AK MSA .. 49,510 6,469 4,197 632 1,056 403 737 1,369 2,272 484 16,306 9,805 5,458 3,748 599 2,557 855 570 2,519 1,994 9,617 4,152 1,284 3,091 1,090 2,030 3,472 488 303 595 437 1,301 1,006 5,008 88 60,323
Atlanta, GA MSA 39,315 4,010 2,153 322 585 203 380 664 1,857 175 13,481 7,716 5,070 2,116 529 3,040 793 339 1,592 1,716 8,787 4,287 1,158 2,970 372 1,872 1,768 368 201 553 203 826 1,462 3,892 1,653 48,315
Baltimore, MD MSA . 35,552 4,793 2,988 431 988 279 449 841 1,805 296 11,949 7,304 4,921 1,980 402 2,361 501 412 1,372 1,650 5,493 2,236 952 1,956 349 1,600 1,830 411 126 531 211 835 1,053 4,773 926 45,848
Boston-Lawrence-Salem, MA-NH CMSA 38,029 4,542 2,283 368 601 255 433 626 2,258 469 14,799 9,370 5,815 2,436 1,120 2,536 648 349 1,896 1,715 6,145 2,274 1,020 2,212 638 1,693 1,830 286 225 1,012 282 744 812 3,475 2,369 50,083
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY CMSA (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA)
Chicago-Gary-Lake County, IL-IN-WI
  CMSA. 36,497 4,978 2,874 442 769 291 533 839 2,105 312 13,071 7,695 5,184 2,076 436 2,598 559 592 1,627 2,007 5,859 2,557 982 1,766 554 1,976 1,828 440 157 811 239 773 872 3,173 3,287 43,160
Cincinnati-Hamilton, OH-KY-IN CMSA . 36,772 5,055 2,843 481 661 301 471 928 2,213 342 12,091 6,784 4,291 2,143 351 2,389 822 398 1,698 1,831 6,481 2,704 1,109 2,226 441 2,312 1,885 339 179 410 394 1,057 1,262 3,135 806 48,656
Cleveland-Akron-Lorain, OH CMSA . 36,450 5,027 3,006 513 873 282 444 894 2,021 321 11,721 6,345 4,293 1,490 562 2,604 468 476 1,829 1,993 6,658 3,030 939 2,331 359 1,518 2,273 398 212 795 330 842 837 3,524 1,178 42,142
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX CMSA 44,182 5,994 3,077 515 754 349 511 948 2,917 382 13,315 7,200 3,965 2,831 404 2,907 862 497 1,849 2,412 8,985 4,701 1,290 2,630 364 2,102 1,793 664 146 652 295 1,125 1,777 4,539 1,974 47,852
Denver-Boulder-Greeley, CO CMSA 42,862 5,119 2,851 429 621 336 448 1,017 2,268 551 14,997 8,733 6,027 2,171 536 2,128 744 611 2,781 1,983 7,846 2,781 1,099 3,341 624 1,713 2,411 441 230 478 238 1,225 1,047 4,583 1,083 49,680
Detroit-Ann Arbor, MI CMSA .. 35,658 5,057 2,920 476 812 320 494 817 2,137 331 11,789 6,809 4,828 1,561 420 2,505 492 404 1,580 1,652 7,069 2,629 1,055 2,915 470 1,604 2,295 431 168 305 352 830 872 2,903 1,976 43,557
Honolulu, HI MSA 42,636 6,206 3,479 523 974 281 725 976 2,727 467 14,775 10,233 6,290 3,602 341 2,011 419 540 1,571 1,876 6,845 2,394 1,111 2,427 913 1,905 1,906 617 207 1,141 222 962 782 4,724 275 53,461
Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX CMSA 40,017 4,906 2,736 376 751 265 469 874 2,170 276 12,231 6,536 3,539 2,605 392 2,802 727 457 1,710 1,878 9,118 4,657 1,254 2,829 378 1,935 1,804 490 132 510 329 1,158 1,059 4,190 1,672 45,705
Kansas City, MO-Kansan City, KS CMSA.. 35,890 5,490 3,452 506 1,030 346 502 1,068 2,038 219 11,334 6,036 3,754 1,935 347 2,667 643 444 1,544 1,659 6,686 3,005 1,144 2,279 258 2,056 1,471 338 152 576 253 899 1,431 3,326 795 44,351
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA .. 41,597 5,060 2,950 407 812 320 522 889 2,110 305 15,562 10,078 5,750 3,659 669 2,321 874 503 1,786 1,689 7,696 2,870 1,185 3,034 607 1,590 1,833 427 144 591 155 1,092 1,168 4,283 5,267 50,234
Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL CMSA . 35,131 4,317 2,478 373 728 274 444 658 1,839 238 12,911 7,815 4,412 3,087 316 2,662 841 354 1,239 1,494 6,973 2,819 952 2,810 393 1,418 1,486 363 94 477 183 562 1,010 3,604 1,414 43,719
Milwaukee, WI PMSA 36,310 4,537 2,579 373 574 305 371 956 1,958 391 13,333 8,114 5,657 2,071 386 2,224 418 478 2,099 1,372 6,176 2,599 1,036 2,048 493 1,806 1,664 335 199 364 424 1,123 914 3,673 616 47,403
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA .. 47,198 5,607 3,253 504 672 453 513 1,111 2,354 525 14,766 8,135 5,599 1,907 630 2,292 736 572 3,030 1,927 9,129 4,117 1,258 3,168 585 2,184 2,404 482 219 766 276 1,515 1,323 6,075 1,250 53,543
New York-Northern New Jersey-
  Long Island, NY-NJ-CT CMSA 41,103 6,090 3,382 550 988 368 619 857 2,708 441 15,153 9,711 5,777 3,409 525 2,501 561 440 1,940 2,226 6,293 2,030 870 2,431 961 1,873 1,835 463 209 853 258 880 873 3,655 7,785 50,710
Philadelphia-Wilmington-Trenton,
  PA-NJ-DE-MD CMSA.. 38,131 4,134 2,285 353 642 244 401 645 1,849 335 14,713 9,428 6,774 1,735 918 2,821 425 400 1,638 1,574 7,159 2,978 1,015 2,708 457 1,682 1,771 254 183 550 224 984 565 4,004 1,826 49,920
Phoenix-Mesa, AZ MSA.. 37,504 4,744 2,574 366 571 320 401 916 2,170 384 12,958 7,477 4,426 2,406 645 2,577 722 437 1,745 1,902 7,236 3,277 1,025 2,405 528 1,736 1,898 430 175 534 206 857 1,015 3,432 1,119 44,205
Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley, PA CMSA 36,239 5,029 2,893 467 737 318 435 936 2,136 271 11,170 5,329 3,247 1,692 390 2,609 502 517 2,213 2,205 6,572 2,909 946 2,285 432 1,798 1,810 428 206 489 305 1,037 1,114 3,805 1,116 38,352
Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA CMSA .. 40,685 5,648 3,520 534 818 368 653 1,147 2,129 428 13,315 8,074 5,235 2,458 381 2,044 707 508 1,982 1,970 7,266 3,559 993 2,176 538 1,845 1,815 428 209 782 325 983 1,439 4,232 979 45,806
San Diego, CA MSA 39,917 4,979 2,915 435 705 336 527 912 2,064 409 15,388 10,037 5,846 3,528 663 1,990 1,145 505 1,711 1,941 6,713 2,394 1,091 2,722 507 1,791 1,938 413 191 643 146 764 732 3,869 1,001 46,915
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA
  CMSA.. 47,458 6,377 3,911 624 964 392 782 1,151 2,465 455 16,052 10,467 5,851 3,983 633 2,276 933 505 1,871 1,995 7,754 2,799 1,179 2,999 777 1,781 2,316 496 274 802 181 1,111 2,731 5,132 2,799 55,636
Seattle-Tacoma, WA CMSA 43,251 5,461 3,182 491 766 341 571 1,013 2,279 585 15,310 9,637 6,665 2,294 678 2,272 772 578 2,051 2,053 7,880 3,306 1,221 2,717 635 1,644 2,740 484 248 554 278 1,106 927 3,983 1,270 48,569
St. Louis-East St. Louis-Alton,
  MO-IL CMSA. 36,968 5,310 3,107 477 838 288 546 958 2,203 234 11,157 5,911 4,093 1,488 330 2,789 604 423 1,431 2,196 6,693 2,859 1,064 2,503 268 1,807 1,753 352 161 581 260 905 2,092 3,464 1,018 46,416
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA. 33,036 4,670 2,909 429 851 312 443 875 1,761 390 10,964 5,761 3,764 1,601 396 2,430 672 464 1,637 1,353 6,123 2,686 911 2,173 352 1,844 1,499 346 141 295 298 818 1,336 2,960 1,021 35,400
Washington, DC-MD-VA MSA 46,679 5,296 2,948 432 634 335 616 931 2,348 450 17,129 10,865 7,056 2,907 902 2,732 954 512 2,067 2,228 7,721 3,318 1,112 2,593 698 2,240 2,262 638 263 922 217 1,061 857 5,396 1,757 61,623


NA Not available.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Expenditures, annual; and Internet http://stats.bls.gov:80/csxmsa.htm#y9495 (accessed 8 June 1999). Note: Data for 1995-96 are not available. http://stats.bls.gov:80/csxmsa.htm#y9697 (accessed 8 June 1999). http://146.142.4.22:80/csxmsa.htm#y9798 (released 16 November 1999).

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* Consumer Expenditure Survey Program

This program consists of two surveys -- the quarterly Interview survey and the Diary survey that provide information on the buying habits of American consumers, including data on their expenditures, income, and consumer unit (families and single consumers) characteristics.

Annual income and expenditures integrated from the Interview and Diary surveys in varying detail, classified by income, age, consumer unit size, and other demographic characteristics of consumer units, since 1984. Annual income and expenditures from the Interview and Diary surveys by selected consumer unit characteristics, since 1980.

Quarterly Interview survey data by selected consumer unit characteristics, since 1984.

Coverage

* The surveys target the total noninstitutionalized population (urban and rural) of the United States in 1980, 1984 and thereafter. The surveys targeted the urban noninstitutionalized population in 1981 through 1983. * The data are collected in independent quarterly Interview and weekly Diary surveys of approximately 5,000 sample households. Each survey has its own independent sample, and each collects data on household income and socioeconomic characteristics. * The Interview survey includes monthly out-of-pocket expenditures such as housing, apparel, transportation, health care, insurance, and entertainment. * The Diary survey includes weekly expenditures of frequently purchased items such as food and beverages, tobacco, personal care products, and nonprescription drugs and supplies.

* EXPENDITURES

Expenditures consist of the transaction costs, including excise and sales taxes, of goods and services acquired during the interview or recordkeeping period. Expenditure estimates include expenditures for gifts, but exclude purchases or portions of purchases directly assignable to business purposes. Also excluded are periodic credit or installment payments on goods or services already acquired. The full cost of each purchase is recorded even though full payment may not have been made at the date of purchase. The order of the expenditures listed here follows the order of presentation in published CE tables.

The major expenditure categories are:

Food Housing Apparel and Services Transportation Health Care Entertainment Other Expenditures

FOOD

Food at home refers to the total expenditures for food at grocery stores or other food stores and food prepared by the consumer unit on trips. It excludes the purchase of nonfood items.

Cereals and cereal products includes ready-to-eat and cooked cereals, pasta, flour, prepared flour mixes, and other cereal products such as cornmeal, corn starch, and rice.

Bakery products includes bread (white and other than white), crackers and cookies, biscuits and rolls, cakes, cupcakes, bread and cracker products, pies, tarts, sweet rolls, coffeecakes, doughnuts, and other frozen and refrigerated bakery products such as cookies, bread and cake dough, and batter.

Beef includes ground beef, roasts, steaks, veal, and other cuts of beef, excluding canned beef.

Pork includes bacon, pork chops, ham (including canned), roasts, sausage, and other cuts of pork.

Other meats includes frankfurters; lunch meats such as bologna, liverwurst, and salami; also lamb, mutton, goat, game, and organ meats.

Poultry includes fresh and frozen chickens and other fresh and frozen poultry (Cornish hens, turkey, duck, etc.).

Fish and seafood includes canned fish and seafood and fresh or frozen finfish and shellfish.

Eggs includes fresh eggs as well as powdered eggs and egg substitutes.

Fresh milk and cream includes fresh whole milk and other fresh milk such as buttermilk and fresh cream (including table cream, whipping cream, fresh sour cream, and fresh sour cream dressing).

Other dairy products includes butter, cheese, ice cream products, yogurt, powdered milk, condensed and evaporated milk, liquid and powdered diet beverages, malted milk, milk shakes, chocolate milk, and other specified dairy products.

Fresh fruits includes all fresh fruits.

Fresh vegetables includes all fresh vegetables.

Processed fruits includes all frozen fruits and fruit juices, canned and dried fruits, and canned or bottled fruit juices.

Processed vegetables includes canned, dried, and frozen vegetables, and vegetable juices.

Sugar and other sweets includes sugar, candy and chewing gum, artificial sweeteners, jams, jellies, preserves, fruit butters, syrup, fudge mixes, icings, and other sweets.

Fats and oils includes margarine, shortening and salad dressings, nondairy cream substitutes and imitation milk, and peanut butter.

Miscellaneous foods includes frozen prepared meals and other foods, canned and packaged soups, potato chips, nuts and other snacks, condiments and seasonings, olives, pickles, relishes, sauces and gravies, baking needs and other specified condiments, other canned and packaged prepared foods, salads, desserts, and baby foods.

Nonalcoholic beverages includes diet and nondiet carbonated drinks (cola, fruit, and other carbonated drinks), coffee (roasted, instant, and freeze dried), tea (loose, instant, and ready-to-drink), and other nonalcoholic beverages, including noncarbonated fruit drinks, breakfast substitutes, chocolate flavored powders, and other specified nonalcoholic beverages.

Food away from home includes all meals (breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner) at restaurants, carryouts, and vending machines, including tips, plus meals as pay, special catered affairs such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, and confirmations, and meals away from home on trips.

Alcoholic beverages includes beer and ale, wine, whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, and other alcoholic beverages.

HOUSING

Owned dwellings includes interest on mortgages, property taxes and insurance, refinancing and prepayment charges, ground rent, expenses for property management/security, homeowners' insurance, fire insurance and extended coverage, expenses for repairs and maintenance contracted out, and expenses of materials for owner-performed repairs and maintenance for dwellings used or maintained by the consumer unit. Mortgage principal repayments are payments of loans and are shown in Other financial information.

Rented dwellings includes rent paid for dwellings, rent received as pay, parking fees, maintenance, and other expenses.

Other lodging includes all expenses for vacation homes, school, college, hotels, motels, cottages, trailer camps, and other lodging while out of town.

Utilities, fuels, and public services includes natural gas, electricity, fuel oil, wood, kerosene, coal, bottled gas, water, garbage and trash collection, sewerage maintenance, septic tank cleaning, telephone charges, and other public services.

Domestic services includes babysitters, day care tuition, care of invalids, and domestic and other duties.

Other household expenses includes housekeeping services, gardening and lawn care services, coin-operated laundry and dry-cleaning (non-clothing), termite and pest control products, moving, storage, and freight expenses, repair of household appliances and other household equipment, repair of computer systems for home use, reupholstering and furniture repair, rental and repair of lawn and gardening tools, and rental of other household equipment.

Housekeeping and garden supplies includes laundry and cleaning supplies, cleaning and toilet tissues, stationery supplies, postage, miscellaneous household products, and lawn and garden supplies.

Household textiles includes bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, dining room, and other linens, curtains and drapes, slipcovers and decorative pillows, and sewing materials.

Furniture includes living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, nursery, porch, lawn, and other outdoor furniture.

Floor coverings includes installation and replacement of wall-to-wall carpets, room-size rugs, and other soft floor coverings.

Major appliances includes refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, stoves, ovens, garbage disposals, vacuum cleaners, microwaves, air-conditioners, sewing machines, washing machines and dryers, and floor cleaning equipment.

Small appliances/miscellaneous housewares includes small electrical kitchen appliances, portable heating and cooling equipment, china and other dinnerware, flatware, glassware, silver and other serving pieces, nonelectric cookware, and plastic dinnerware. Excludes personal care appliances.

Miscellaneous household equipment includes typewriters, luggage, lamps and other light fixtures, window coverings, clocks, lawnmowers and gardening equipment, other hand and power tools, telephone answering devices, telephone accessories, computers and computer hardware for home use, computer software and accessories for home use, calculators, office equipment for home use, floral arrangements and house plants, rental of furniture, closet and storage items, household decorative items, infants' equipment, outdoor equipment, smoke alarms, other household appliances, and small miscellaneous furnishings.

APPAREL AND SERVICES

Men's and boys' apparel includes coats, jackets, sweaters, vests, sportcoats, tailored jackets, trousers, slacks, shorts and short sets, sportswear, shirts, underwear, nightwear, hosiery, uniforms, and other accessories.

Women's and girls' apparel includes coats, jackets, furs, sportcoats, tailored jackets, sweaters, vests, blouses, shirts, dresses, dungarees, culottes, slacks, shorts, sportswear, underwear, nightwear, uniforms, hosiery, and other accessories.

Apparel for children under 2 includes coats, jackets, snowsuits, underwear, diapers, dresses, crawlers, sleeping garments, hosiery, footwear, and other accessories for children under 2.

Footwear includes articles such as shoes, slippers, boots, and other similar items. It excludes footwear for children under 2 and special footwear used for sports such as bowling or golf shoes.

Other apparel products and services includes material for making clothes, shoe repair, alterations and repairs, sewing patterns and notions, clothing rental, clothing storage, dry cleaning, sent out laundry, watches, jewelry, and repairs to watches and jewelry.

TRANSPORTATION

Vehicle purchases (net outlay) includes the net outlay (purchase price minus trade-in value) on new and used domestic and imported cars and trucks; other vehicles include attachable campers, trailers, motorcycles, and private planes.

Vehicle finance charges includes the dollar amount of interest paid for a loan contracted for the purchase of vehicles described above.

Gasoline and motor oil includes gasoline, diesel fuel, and motor oil.

Maintenance and repairs includes tires, batteries, tubes, lubrication, filters, coolant, additives, brake and transmission fluids, oil change, brake adjustment and repair, front-end alignment, wheel balancing, steering repair, shock absorber replacement, clutch and transmission repair, electrical system repair, exhaust system repair, body work and painting, motor repair, repair to cooling system, drive train repair, drive shaft and rear-end repair, tire repair, other maintenance and services, and auto repair policies.

Vehicle insurance includes the premium paid for insuring cars, trucks, and other vehicles.

Public transportation includes fares for mass transit, buses, trains, airlines, taxis, private school buses, and boats.

Vehicle rent, licenses, and other charges includes leased and rented cars, trucks, motorcycles, and aircraft, inspection fees, State and local registration, drivers' license fees, parking fees, towing charges, and tolls.

HEALTH CARE

Health insurance includes health maintenance plans (HMO's), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, commercial health insurance, Medicare, Medicare supplemental insurance, and other health insurance.

Medical services includes hospital room and services, physicians' services, service of a practitioner other than physician, eye and dental care, lab tests, X-rays, nursing, therapy services, care in convalescent or nursing home, and other medical care.

Drugs includes prescription and nonprescription drugs, internal and respiratory over-the-counter drugs.

Medical supplies includes topicals and dressings, antiseptics, bandages, cotton, first aid kits, contraceptives, syringes, ice bags, thermometers, sunlamps, vaporizers, heating pads, medical appliances such as braces, canes, crutches, and walkers, eyeglasses, and hearing aids, rental and repair of medical equipment.

ENTERTAINMENT

Fees and admissions includes fees for participant sports; admissions to sporting events, movies, concerts, plays; health, swimming, tennis and country club memberships, and other social recreational and fraternal organizations; recreational lessons or instruction; rental of movies, and recreation expenses on trips.

Television, radio, and sound equipment includes television sets, video recorders, video cassettes, tapes, disks, disk players, video game hardware, video game cartridges, cable TV, radios, phonographs, tape recorders and players, sound components, records and tapes, and records and tapes through record clubs, musical instruments, and rental and repair of TV and sound equipment.

Pets, toys, hobbies, and playground equipment includes pet food, pet services, veterinary expenses, toys, games, hobbies, tricycles, and playground equipment.

Other entertainment equipment and services includes indoor exercise equipment, athletic shoes, bicycles, trailers, campers, camping equipment, rental of campers and trailers, hunting and fishing equipment, sports equipment, winter sports equipment, water sports equipment, boats, boat motors and boat trailers, rental of boats, landing and docking fees, rental and repair of sports equipment, photographic equipment, film and film processing, photographer fees, repair and rental of photo equipment, fireworks, pinball and electronic video games.

OTHER EXPENDITURES

Personal care products and services includes products for the hair, oral hygiene products, shaving needs, cosmetics and bath products, electric personal care appliances, other personal care products, personal care services for males and females.

Reading includes subscriptions for newspapers, magazines, and books through book clubs; purchase of single copy newspapers and magazines, newsletters, books, and encyclopedias and other reference books.

Education includes tuition, fees, textbooks, supplies, and equipment for public and private nursery schools, elementary and high schools, colleges and universities, and other schools.

Tobacco products and smoking supplies includes cigarettes, cigars, snuff, loose smoking tobacco, chewing tobacco, and smoking accessories such as cigarette or cigar holders, pipes, flints, lighters, pipe cleaners, and other smoking products and accessories.

Miscellaneous includes safety deposit box rental, checking account fees and other bank services, legal fees, accounting fees, funerals, cemetery lots, union dues, occupational expenses, and finance charges other than for mortgage and vehicles.

Cash contributions includes cash contributed to persons or organizations outside the consumer unit including alimony and child support payments, care of students away from home, and contributions to religious, educational, charitable, or political organizations.

Life, endowment, annuities, and other personal insurance includes premiums for whole life and term insurance; endowments; income and other life insurance; mortgage guarantee insurance; mortgage life insurance; premiums for personal liability, accident and disability, and other nonhealth insurance other than for homes and vehicles.

Retirement, pensions, and Social Security includes all Social Security contributions paid by employees; employee's contributions to railroad retirement, government retirement, and private pension programs; retirement programs for self-employed.

* patterns and notions, clothing rental, clothing storage, dry cleaning, sent out laundry, watches, jewelry, and repairs to watches and jewelry.

TRANSPORTATION

Vehicle purchases (net outlay) includes the net outlay (purchase price minus trade-in value) on new and used domestic and imported cars and trucks; other vehicles include attachable campers, trailers, motorcycles, and private planes.

Vehicle finance charges includes the dollar amount of interest paid for a loan contracted for the purchase of vehicles described above.

Gasoline and motor oil includes gasoline, diesel fuel, and motor oil.

Maintenance and repairs includes tires, batteries, tubes, lubrication, filters, coolant, additives, brake and transmission fluids, oil change, brake adjustment and repair, front-end alignment, wheel balancing, steering repair, shock absorber replacement, clutch and transmission repair, electrical system repair, exhaust system repair, body work and painting, motor repair, repair to cooling system, drive train repair, drive shaft and rear-end repair, tire repair, other maintenance and services, and auto repair policies.

Vehicle insurance includes the premium paid for insuring cars, trucks, and other vehicles.

Public transportation includes fares for mass transit, buses, trains, airlines, taxis, private school buses, and boats.

Vehicle rent, licenses, and other charges includes leased and rented cars, trucks, motorcycles, and aircraft, inspection fees, State and local registration, drivers' license fees, parking fees, towing charges, and tolls.

HEALTH CARE

Health insurance includes health maintenance plans (HMO's), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, commercial health insurance, Medicare, Medicare supplemental insurance, and other health insurance.

Medical services includes hospital room and services, physicians' services, service of a practitioner other than physician, eye and dental care, lab tests, X-rays, nursing, therapy services, care in convalescent or nursing home, and other medical care.

Drugs includes prescription and nonprescription drugs, internal and respiratory over-the-counter drugs.

Medical supplies includes topicals and dressings, antiseptics, bandages, cotton, first aid kits, contraceptives, syringes, ice bags, thermometers, sunlamps, vaporizers, heating pads, medical appliances such as braces, canes, crutches, and walkers, eyeglasses, and hearing aids, rental and repair of medical equipment.

ENTERTAINMENT

Fees and admissions includes fees for participant sports; admissions to sporting events, movies, concerts, plays; health, swimming, tennis and country club memberships, and other social recreational and fraternal organizations; recreational lessons or instruction; rental of movies, and recreation expenses on trips.

Television, radio, and sound equipment includes television sets, video recorders, video cassettes, tapes, disks, disk players, video game hardware, video game cartridges, cable TV, radios, phonographs, tape recorders and players, sound components, records and tapes, and records and tapes through record clubs, musical instruments, and rental and repair of TV and sound equipment.

Pets, toys, hobbies, and playground equipment includes pet food, pet services, veterinary expenses, toys, games, hobbies, tricycles, and playground equipment.

Other entertainment equipment and services includes indoor exercise equipment, athletic shoes, bicycles, trailers, campers, camping equipment, rental of campers and trailers, hunting and fishing equipment, sports equipment, winter sports equipment, water sports equipment, boats, boat motors and boat trailers, rental of boats, landing and docking fees, rental and repair of sports equipment, photographic equipment, film and film processing, photographer fees, repair and rental of photo equipment, fireworks, pinball and electronic video games.

OTHER EXPENDITURES

Personal care products and services includes products for the hair, oral hygiene products, shaving needs, cosmetics and bath products, electric personal care appliances, other personal care products, personal care services for males and females.

Reading includes subscriptions for newspapers, magazines, and books through book clubs; purchase of single copy newspapers and magazines, newsletters, books, and encyclopedias and other reference books.

Education includes tuition, fees, textbooks, supplies, and equipment for public and private nursery schools, elementary and high schools, colleges and universities, and other schools.

Tobacco products and smoking supplies includes cigarettes, cigars, snuff, loose smoking tobacco, chewing tobacco, and smoking accessories such as cigarette or cigar holders, pipes, flints, lighters, pipe cleaners, and other smoking products and accessories.

Miscellaneous includes safety deposit box rental, checking account fees and other bank services, legal fees, accounting fees, funerals, cemetery lots, union dues, occupational expenses, and finance charges other than for mortgage and vehicles.

Cash contributions includes cash contributed to persons or organizations outside the consumer unit including alimony and child support payments, care of students away from home, and contributions to religious, educational, charitable, or political organizations.

Life, endowment, annuities, and other personal insurance includes premiums for whole life and term insurance; endowments; income and other life insurance; mortgage guarantee insurance; mortgage life insurance; premiums for personal liability, accident and disability, and other nonhealth insurance other than for homes and vehicles.

Retirement, pensions, and Social Security includes all Social Security contributions paid by employees; employee's contributions to railroad retirement, government retirement, and private pension programs; retirement programs for self-employed.

INCOME AND PERSONAL TAXES

Income is the combined income of all consumer unit members 14 years of age or over during the 12 months preceding the interview. The components of income are described below. The order of the definitions of income and personal taxes follows the order of presentation in published CE tables.

For a definition of Complete income reporters or Quintiles of income, see the Characteristics section above.

Money income before taxes is the total money earnings and selected money receipts during the 12 months prior to the interview date. It includes the following components:

Wages and salaries includes total money earnings for all consumer unit members, 14 years of age and over, from all jobs, including civilian wages and salaries, Armed Forces pay and allowances, piece-rate payments, commissions, tips, National Guard or Reserve pay (received for training periods), and cash bonuses before deductions for taxes, pensions, union dues, etc.

Self-employment income includes net business and farm income, which consists of net income (gross receipts minus operating expenses) from a profession or unincorporated business or from the operation of a farm by an owner, tenant, or sharecropper. If the business or farm is a partnership, only an appropriate share of net income is recorded. Losses are also recorded.

Social Security, private and government retirement includes the following: (1) payments by the Federal Government made under retirement, survivors', and disability insurance programs to retired persons, to dependents of deceased insured workers, or to disabled workers; and (2) private pensions or retirement benefits received by retired persons or their survivors, either directly or through an insurance company.

Interest, dividends, rental income, and other property income includes interest income on savings or bonds; payments made by a corporation to its stockholders, periodic receipts from estates or trust funds; net income or loss from the rental of property, real estate, or farms, and net income or loss from roomers or boarders.

Unemployment and workers' compensation and veterans' benefits includes income from unemployment compensation and workers' compensation, and veterans' payments including educational benefits, but excluding military retirement.

Public assistance, supplemental security income, and food stamps includes public assistance or welfare, including money received from job training grants; supplemental security income paid by Federal, State, and local welfare agencies to low-income persons who are age 65 or over, blind, or disabled; and the value of food stamps obtained.

Regular contributions for support includes alimony and child support as well as any regular contributions from persons outside the consumer unit.

Other income includes money income from care of foster children, cash scholarships, fellowships, or stipends not based on working; and meals and rent as pay.

Federal income taxes includes Federal income taxes withheld in survey year to pay for income earned in survey year plus additional taxes paid in survey year to cover any underpayment or underwithholding of taxes in the year prior to the survey.

State and local income taxes includes State and local income taxes withheld in survey year to pay for income earned in survey year plus additional taxes paid in survey year to cover any underpayment or underwithholding of taxes in year prior to survey.

Other taxes includes personal property and other personal taxes paid, including Social Security taxes for the self-employed paid in the survey year to cover any underpayment or underwithholding of taxes in the year prior to the survey.

OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATION

The items here are not part of expenditures or income. They are provided for additional information.

Net change in assets includes changes in savings and checking accounts; purchases of securities (stocks, bonds, or mutual funds) in the year which they were held to the end of the year, sales of securities which were purchased in a prior year; changes in the balances of money owed to the consumer unit (CU); sales and purchases, and repairs and improvements to own dwelling occupied by the CU; vacation home, recreational property, unimproved land and other property owned by the CU; changes in investments in unincorporated family businesses and farms; amounts received or reimbursements from the sale of vehicles; principal amounts of trust held on own dwelling, vacation home, and other properties owned by the CU; and surrender of insurance policies. This value has a positive or negative sign to indicate increase or decrease in assets.

Net change in liabilities includes changes in mortgage principal on own dwelling occupied by the consumer unit (CU), vacation home, recreational property, unimproved land and other property owned by the CU; payments of mortgage interest due before either survey year of the survey period; money owed on purchases of cars, trucks, and other vehicles, and money owed to other creditors such as department stores, banks, credit unions, finance companies, insurance companies, doctors, dentists, and other medical practitioners. This value has a positive or negative sign to indicate increases or decreases in liabilities.

Other money receipts includes lump-sum payment from estates, trusts, insurance, sale of house furnishings, refunds from overpayment on Social Security, refunds from insurance policies, and refunds from property taxes.

Mortgage principal paid on owned property includes the reduction of mortgage principal on a mortgage obtained prior to the interview quarter for a home or any other property. This is not included in homeowner costs, but is repayment of a loan.

Gifts of goods and services includes gift expenditures for persons outside of the consumer unit: (1) clothing for females and males over 2 years of age, and infants under 2 years of age; (2) jewelry and watches; (3) small appliances and miscellaneous housewares; (4) blankets, sheets, towels, and table linens; and (5) all other gifts. These items have already been defined. Their values are given so they can be subtracted from the expenditure totals if the value of consumption within the household is desired.

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These tables are based on figures supplied by the United States Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce and are subject to revision by the Census Bureau.

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