Household Food Spending by Selected Demographics in the 1990s
Noel Blisard and J. Michael Harris
Agriculture Information Bulletin No. (AIB773) 16 pp,
Average per-person total food expenditures, adjusted for inflation, declined about 7 percent between 1990 and 1998, from $2,189 to $2,037. This decline resulted primarily from the average at-home food expenditures per person declining by about 6 percent and the away-from-home food expenditures declining by about 8 percent. Price-adjusted
food spending reflects changes in the real price of food as well as any quantity adjustments made by consumers. However, the national average masks the fact that some population subgroups had significantly higher or lower food expenditures than average. For example, while total food spending declined for all demographic groups except female-headed and Black households, these two demographic groups still had the lowest per capita spending. In contrast to this, per-person total food expenditures were greatest for households in the highest income quintile, for one-person households, and for house-holds with heads between 55 and 64 years of age.
Keywords: Food expenditures, food spending, demographics, Consumer Expenditure Survey
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- Abstract, 19 kb
- Contents, 11 kb
- Introduction, 14 kb
- Single Female-Headed Households with Children Spent the Least on Food, 19 kb
- Older Urban Households Spent More on Food than Younger Households, 19 kb
- Small Households Spent More Per Person on Food Expenditures, 19 kb
- Total Food Spending Fell the Most in Poorest Households, 19 kb
- Northeast and West Led in Food Spending, 18 kb
- Food Spending Increased for Black Households, 17 kb
- Conclusions, 11 kb
- Additional Readings, 11 kb
- Ad, 7 kb
Updated date: August 15, 2001