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Expenditures on Children By Families Reports - All Years

Expenditures on Children by Families provides estimates of the cost of raising children from birth through age 17 for major budgetary components.

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2015 Expenditures on Children By Families
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2013 Expenditures on Children By Families
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2012 Expenditures on Children By Families

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual report, Expenditures on Children by Families, also known as the Cost of Raising a Child. The report shows that a middle-income family with a child born in 2012 can expect to spend about $241,080 ($301,970 adjusted for projected inflation* for food, shelter, and other necessities associated with child-rearing expenses over the next 17 years.