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The US Bureau of Labor Statistic's Consumer Expenditure Survey reported there were 128 million "consumer units" or households in 2015. They had an average of 2.5 persons, 1.3 earners and 1.9 motor vehicles; 62 percent were homeowners and the average age of the reference person was 50. Average consumer unit income before taxes was $69,630 and average annual expenditures were $55,975.
These expenditures included $7,025 for food (almost 13 percent of expenditures). Food spending was split 63-37 percent, including $4,015 for food eaten at home ($77 a week) and $3,010 for food bought away from home ($58 a week). The cost of food away from home largely reflects convenience, service, atmosphere and other factors; food costs are about 35 percent of the cost of food purchased in cafeteria-style restaurants, 30 percent in fast food, and 25 percent in fine dining.