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For Release: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
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Consumer Expenditures in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area — 2019–20
Households in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, metropolitan area spent an average of $62,746 per
year in 2019–20, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin
noted that this figure was not significantly different from the $62,188 average expenditure level for households
in the United States. Atlanta-area households allocated their dollars similarly to the nation in 5 of the 8 largest
major components. Three of the largest components in the local area differed significantly from their
respective U.S. averages. For example, the share of expenditures for cash contributions, which accounted for
2.2 percent of the average household’s budget in the Atlanta area, was lower than the national average of 3.4
percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)
Highlights of the Atlanta area’s 2019–20 spending patterns:
Housing: This was the largest expenditure component for Atlanta-area households and averaged
$22,379. Housing accounted for 35.7 percent of the area’s household budget, not significantly different
than the 33.8-percent U.S. 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: Atlanta-area households spent 13.9 percent of their budget on transportation,
significantly lower than the national average of 16.5 percent. Of the $8,711 in annual transportation
expenditures in Atlanta, 92.7 percent was spent buying and maintaining private vehicles; this compared
to the national average of 94.9 percent.
Food: The portion of an Atlanta household’s budget spent on food, 15.0 percent, was significantly
higher than the 12.5-percent U.S. average. Atlanta-area househo