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For Release: Monday, November 01, 2021
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Consumer Expenditures in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area — 2019-20
Households in the St. Louis, MO-IL, metropolitan area spent an average of $64,389 per year in 2019–20, the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Michael Hirniak noted that this figure
was not significantly different from the $62,188 average expenditure level for households in the United States.
St. Louis-area households allocated their dollars similarly to the nation in 6 of the 8 largest major components.
Two of the largest components in the local area differed significantly from their respective U.S. averages. For
example, the share of expenditures for healthcare, which accounted for 10.0 percent of the average
household’s budget in the St. Louis area, was higher than the national average of 8.3 percent. (See chart 1 and
Highlights of the St. Louis area’s 2019–20 spending patterns:
Housing: This was the largest expenditure component for St. Louis-area households and averaged
$20,493. Housing accounted for 31.8 percent of the area’s household budget, significantly lower than
the 33.8-percent U.S. average. Among the 22 metropolitan areas nationwide for which data were
available, St. Louis was 1 of 2 areas with housing expenditure shares that were significantly lower than
the national average. Housing expenditure shares among the 22 published metropolitan areas ranged
from 39.1 percent in New York to 31.8 percent in St. Louis. (See table 2.)
Transportation: St. Louis-area households spent 14.5 percent of their budget on transportation, not
significantly different from the national average of 16.5 percent. Of the $9,314 in annual transportation
expenditures in St. Louis, 95.2 percent was spent buying and maintaining private vehicles; this
compared to th