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For Release: Monday, October 26, 2020
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Consumer Expenditures for the Detroit Metropolitan Area: 2018-19
Households in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI, metropolitan area spent an average of $65,163 per year in
2018–19, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that
this figure was not significantly different from the $62,395 average expenditure level for households in the
United States. Detroit-area households allocated their dollars similarly to the nation in ten major components,
while shares for four components differed significantly from their respective U.S. averages. For example, the
share of expenditures for apparel and services, which accounted for 4.5 percent of the average household’s
budget in the Detroit area, was higher than the national average of 3.0 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)
Highlights of the Detroit-area’s 2018–19 spending patterns:
Housing: This was the largest expenditure component for Detroit-area households and averaged $19,730.
Housing accounted for 30.3 percent of the area’s household budget, significantly lower than the 32.7-percent
U.S. average. (See table 1.) Among the 22 metropolitan areas nationwide for which data were available,
Detroit was one of two 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 38.0 percent in
New York to 30.3 percent in Detroit. (See table 2.)
Transportation: Detroit-area households spent 17.3 percent of their budget on transportation, not significantly
different from the national average of 16.8 percent. Of the $11,260 in annual transportation expenditures in
Detroit, 93.8 percent was spent buying and maintaining private vehicles; this compared to the national average
of 92.4 perce