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The US Bureau of Labor Statistic's Consumer Expenditure Survey (www.bls.gov/cex) reported there were 129.5 million US "consumer units" or households in 2016. 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 in the household was 51. Average consumer unit income before taxes was $74,664, and average annual expenditures were $57,311.
These expenditures included $7,203 for food, almost 13 percent of total expenditures. Food spending was split 55-45 percent, including $4,049 or $78 a week for food eaten at home and $3,154 or $60 a week for food bought away from home. The cost of food away from home largely reflects convenience, service, atmosphere and other factors. Food costs are about 35 percent of spending on food in cafeteria-style restaurants, 30 percent in fast food and 25 percent in fine dining.