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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.

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Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations: Amendments Related to the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008

This rule permanently excludes combat pay from being considered as income and eliminates the maximum dollar limit of the dependent care deduction.