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Consumer Expenditures for the Baltimore Metropolitan Area: 2018-19
Households in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, metropolitan area spent an average of $77,598 per year
in 2018–19, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Sheila Watkins noted
that this figure was significantly higher than the $62,395 average expenditure level for households in the
United States. Baltimore-area household expenditure shares were significantly different from the nation in four
of the eight major categories. For example, the share of expenditures for personal insurance and pensions,
which accounted for 15.9 percent of the average household’s budget in the Baltimore area, was significantly
higher than the national average of 11.6 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)
Highlights of the Baltimore area’s 2018–19 spending patterns:
Housing: This was the largest expenditure category for Baltimore-area households and averaged $24,601.
Housing accounted for 31.7 percent of the area’s household budget, not significantly different from the 32.7-
percent U.S. average. (See table 1.) Housing expenditure shares among the 22 metropolitan areas nationwide
for which data were available ranged from 38.0 percent in New York to 30.3 percent in Detroit. (See table 2.)
Transportation: A Baltimore-area household spent 17.1 percent of its budget on transportation, not
significantly different from the national average of 16.8 percent. Of the $13,255 in annual transportation
expenditures in Baltimore, 91.4 percent was spent buying and maintaining private vehicles; this compared to
the national average of 92.4 percent. Among the 22 published metropolitan areas, transportation expenditure
shares ranged from 19.0 percent in Miami to 12.5 percent in New Y