Transportation Economic Trends
Household Spending on Transportation:
Average Household Spending
The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) is the only Federal survey that contains information on the complete range of expenditures for individual households, including transportation, along with select demographic, geographic, and socio-economic characteristics. This page presents average household spending from the CE. Data and discussion on total national household spending on transportation also available.
- Households spent an average of $9,826 on transportation in 2020—the second largest household expenditure category after housing when spending on behalf of households, such as healthcare benefits, is excluded. This expenditure has increased more slowly than housing, food, and health expenditures.
- In 2020 rural households spent more on transportation than urban households (20.0 and 15.7 percent of total expenditures, respectively).
- Households in the bottom fifth spent more of their after tax income on transportation than those in the top fifth (28.8 and 9.5 percent of total expenditures, respectively).