Average household spent $55,151 on goods, services last year: StatsCan

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OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the country’s households spent an average of $55,151 on goods and services in 2011, up 2.7 per cent from 2010.

The increase was slightly below the rate of inflation of 2.9 per cent as measured by the consumer price index.

The agency says spending on shelter accounted for 27.6 per cent of the total, with transportation accounting for 20.4 per cent and food taking  14.1 per cent.

Provincially, households in Alberta had the highest average spending on goods and services at $64,453.

Prince Edward Island households, in contrast, had the lowest average at $45,190.

Couples with children reported average spending of $75,543 on goods and services.

Single seniors reported $26,047 in household spending.



Organizations: Statistics Canada

Geographic location: OTTAWA, Alberta, Prince Edward Island

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  • Dar
    January 30, 2013 - 13:09

    I thought I was a middle-class newfoundlander, but my total household income (including my husband's) isn't even close to that! I would be interested to see the average for Newfoundland and Labrador.....

  • saelcove
    January 30, 2013 - 09:59

    $55,000 on goods and services most of the people i know do not make that much

  • tom
    January 30, 2013 - 09:57

    Seems a little high. Must be a load of million dollar earners pissing away a lot of money to bump the average that high. For Newfoundland it means based on the Newfoundland average family income earned, we all over spent by a few grand above our combined family take home salary. It is only in the low 40's for an average family living here, that is after tax. No wonder Canada carries such a high personal debt load.