What It Costs to Raise a Child

How much money does it take to raise a child? The amount may surprise you!

Estimated Annual Cost to Raise a Child*
(Families with annual income under $56,670)
Single Parent
Two Parents
Housing
$50,580
$53,280
Food
$31,650
$29,760
Transportation
$15,090
$20,790
Clothing
$6,960
$10,980
Health
$12,030
$13,230
Child care/Education
$21,120
$21,720
Miscellaneous
$12,330
$10,650
Total
$149,760
$160,410

*Source: Expenditures on Children by Families: 2009 Annual Report. U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Misc. Publication No. 1528-2009. http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publications/CRC/crc2009.pdf.