Geographic variation in the components of two-parent, two-child family budgets, 2014

Austin, Texas

Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX MSA
Housing 19.9%
Food 14.5%
Child care 15.5%
Transportation 11.3%
Health care 13.3%
Other necessities 16.6%
Taxes 8.8%

Pittsburgh, Penn.

Pittsburgh, PA HUD Metro FMR Area
Housing 14.6%
Food 14.5%
Child care 22.6%
Transportation 11.3%
Health care 11.5%
Other necessities 14.1%
Taxes 11.4%

Sacramento, Calif.

Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA HUD Metro FMR Area
Housing 18.6%
Food 13.5%
Child care 15.6%
Transportation 10.5%
Health care 16.4%
Other necessities 15.5%
Taxes 9.9%


Note: These were chosen from among medium/large metro areas (populations between 1.7 and 2.3 million) with monthly family budgets in a tight range ($5,300–$5,800). Within those criteria, these areas were selected for their range of costs and geographic diversity.

Source: EPI Family Budget Calculator (Gould et al. 2015a)

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