(Meredith) -- Booking service UrbanSitter released its ninth annual childcare survey and found that the national average hourly babysitting rate for one child is $17.73.

For two children, that rate goes up to an average of $20.30 per hour, and for three kids it increases to an average of $21.49.

A whopping 79 percent of parents said childcare is one of their family’s biggest expenses. And 28 percent of parents said they will spend between $30,000 to $75,000 on childcare this year.

In Portland, the average rates are as follows: $14.95 per hour for one child and $19.26 per hour for two. 

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