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For Release: Wednesday, December 01, 2021
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Consumer Expenditures for the Honolulu Metropolitan Area: 2019–20
Households in the Honolulu, HI, metropolitan area spent an average of $60,884 per year in 2019–20, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Chris Rosenlund noted that this figure was
not significantly different from the $62,188 average expenditure level for households in the United States.
Honolulu-area households allocated their dollars significantly different from the nation in 7 of the 8 largest
major components. For example, the share of expenditures for food, which accounted for 16.3 percent of the
average household’s budget in the Honolulu area, was significantly higher than the national average of 12.5
percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)
Highlights of the Honolulu area’s 2019–20 spending patterns:
Housing: This was the largest expenditure component for Honolulu-area households and averaged
$23,572. Housing accounted for 38.7 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, Honolulu was 1 of 10 areas to have a housing expenditure share that was
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
Transportation: Honolulu-area households spent 13.5 percent of their budget on transportation,
significantly lower than the national average of 16.5 percent. Of the $8,213 in annual transportation
expenditures in Honolulu, 88.5 percent was spent buying and maintaining private vehicles; this
compared to the national average of 94.9 percent.
Food: The portion of a Honolulu household’s budget spent