Gov't report estimates cost of raising a child born in 2011
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -
For $235,000, you could indulge in a shiny new Ferrari - or raise a child for 17 years.
A government report
released Thursday says a middle-income family with a child born last
year will spend about that much in child-related expenses from birth
through age 17. That's a 3.5 percent increase from 2010.
The report from the Agriculture Department's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion finds that housing is the single largest expense, averaging about $70,500, or 30 percent of the total cost.
Families living in the
urban Northeast tend to have the highest child-rearing expenses,
followed by those in the urban West and the urban Midwest. Those living
in the urban South and rural areas face the lowest costs.
The department has issued the report every year since 1960.
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