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THE COST OF According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average married, middle-income ($59,200–$107,400) couple with two children spent almost $13,000 per child in 2015 on expenses related to raising their children. That same couple can expect to spend $233,610 ($284,570 when projected inflation costs are included) for each child on food, shelter and other necessities through age 17.

by Jennifer Burnett

SEPT/OCT 2017 | CAPITOL IDEAS

TOTAL COST, BIRTH TO 17

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$233,610*

28%

HOUSING

$66,240

FOOD

$41,400

CHILD CARE & EDUCATION

$38,040

TRANSPORATION

$35,490

HEALTH CARE

$21,720

MISCELLANEOUS

$17,460

15%

CLOTHING

$13,260

9%

*A number of expenses aren’t included in this figure, including the cost of college, which averaged $16,188 at public institutions—for tuition, fees and room and board—for the 2014–15 academic year. The costs related to prenatal care and child birth are also not included, which can vary significantly across the country.

18% 16%

7% 6%

Capitol Ideas | Children & Families