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For Release: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
SOUTHEAST INFORMATION OFFICE: Atlanta, Ga.
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Consumer Expenditures for the Atlanta Metropolitan Area: 2018–19
Households in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, metropolitan area spent an average of $64,103 per
year in 2018–19, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin
noted that this figure was not significantly different from the $62,395 average expenditure level for households
in the United States. Atlanta-area households allocated their dollars similarly to the nation in six major
components, with two differing significantly from their respective U.S. averages. For example, the share of
expenditures for personal insurance and pensions, which accounted for 14.1 percent of the average
household’s budget in the Atlanta area, was significantly higher than the national average of 11.6 percent. (See
chart 1 and table 1.)
Highlights of the Atlanta area’s 2018–19 spending patterns:
Housing: This was the largest expenditure component for Atlanta-area households and averaged $21,233.
Housing accounted for 33.1 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 published metropolitan areas
nationwide ranged from 38.0 percent in New York to 30.3 percent in Detroit. (See table 2.)
Transportation: Atlanta-area households spent 15.4 percent of their budgets on transportation, not
significantly different from the national average of 16.8 percent. Of the $9,862 in annual transportation
expenditures in Atlanta, 89.0 percent was spent buying and maintaining private vehicles; this compared to the
national average of 92.4 percent.
Food: The portion of an Atlanta household’s budget spent on food, 12.8 percent, was not significantly
different than the 12.9-percent U.S. average. Atla