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For Release: Wednesday, December 01, 2021
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Consumer Expenditures for the San Diego Metropolitan Area: 2019–20
Households in the San Diego-Carlsbad, CA, metropolitan area spent an average of $83,216 per year in 2019–
20, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Chris Rosenlund noted that
this figure was significantly higher than the $62,188 average expenditure level for households in the United
States. San Diego-area households allocated their dollars similarly to the nation in 3 of the 8 largest major
components. Five 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 5.3 percent of the
average household’s budget in the San Diego area, was significantly lower than the national average of 8.3
percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)
Highlights of the San Diego area’s 2019–20 spending patterns:
• Housing: This was the largest expenditure component for San Diego-area households and averaged $30,994.
Housing accounted for 37.2 percent of the area’s household budget, significantly higher than the 33.8-percent
U.S. average. (See table 1.) Among the 22 metropolitan areas nationwide for which data were available, San
Diego was 1 of 10 areas to have a housing expenditure share significantly higher than the national average.
Housing expenditures shares among the 22 published metropolitan areas nationwide ranged from 39.1 percent
in New York to 31.8 percent in St. Louis. (See table 2.)
• Transportation: San Diego-area households spent 13.6 percent of their budget on transportation,
significantly lower than the national average of 16.5 percent. Of the $11,310 in annual transportation
expenditures in San Diego, 90.3 percent was spent buying and maintaining private vehicles; this compared