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For Release: Tuesday, November 30, 2021
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Consumer Expenditures in the Detroit Metropolitan Area — 2019-20
Households in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI, metropolitan area spent an average of $63,008 per year in
2019-20, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that
this figure was not significantly different from the $62,188 average expenditure level for households in the
United States. Detroit-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 apparel and services, which accounted for 3.7 percent of
the average household’s budget in the Detroit area, was higher than the national average of 2.7 percent. (See
chart 1 and table 1.)
Highlights of the Detroit area’s 2019–20 spending patterns:
Housing: This was the largest expenditure component for Detroit-area households and averaged
$20,143. Housing accounted for 32.0 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, Detroit was 1 of 2 areas to have a housing expenditure share that was 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: Detroit-area households spent 17.2 percent of their budget on transportation, similar to
the national average of 16.5 percent. Of the $10,861 in annual transportation expenditures in Detroit,
97.0 percent was spent buying and maintaining private vehicles; this compared to the national average
of 94.9 percent.