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For Release: Wednesday, December 01, 2021
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Consumer Expenditures for the Los Angeles Area: 2019-20
Households in the Los Angeles, CA, metropolitan area spent an average of $67,857 per year in 2019–20, the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Chris Rosenlund noted that this figure
was significantly higher than the $62,188 average expenditure level for households in the United States. Los
Angeles-area households allocated their dollars similarly to the nation in 5 of the 8 largest major components.
Three of the largest components differed significantly from their respective U.S. averages. For example, the
share of expenditures for housing, which accounted for 37.8 percent of the average household’s budget in the
Los Angeles area, was significantly higher than the national average of 33.8 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)
Highlights of the Los Angeles area’s 2019–20 spending patterns:
• Housing: This was the largest expenditure component for Los Angeles-area households and averaged
$25,624. Among the 22 metropolitan areas nationwide for which data were available, Los Angeles was 1 of 10
areas to have a housing expenditure share significantly higher than the 33.8-percent U.S. 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 table 2.)
• Transportation: Los Angeles-area households spent 15.7 percent of their budget on transportation, not
significantly different from the national average of 16.5 percent. Of the $10,681 in annual transportation
expenditures in Los Angeles, 94.7 percent was spent buying and maintaining private vehicles; this compared
to the national average of 94.9 percent.
• Food: The portion of a Los Angeles household’s budget spent on food, 13.1 percent, was not significant