The Cost of Raising a Child

By Jennifer Burnett
Staff Writer CSG Capitol Ideas
jburnett@csg.org
Published: CSG Capitol Ideas, SEPT/OCT 2017, page 22

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average married, middle-income ($59,200–$107,400) couple with two children spent almost $13,000 per child in 2015 on expenses related to raising their children. That same couple can expect to spend $233,610* ($284,570 when projected inflation costs are included) for each child on food, shelter and other necessities through age 17.

The Cost of Raising a Child

*A number of expenses aren’t included in this figure, including the cost of college, which averaged $16,188 at public institutions—for tuition, fees and room and board—for the 2014–15 academic year. The costs related to prenatal care and child birth are also not included, which can vary significantly across the country.

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