How auto insurance compares to other household expenses

When you think about your annual expenses, you might think that auto insurance is a major drain on your finances, and while we all want to save as much as we can, auto insurance in fact only accounted for 2.19% of overall consumer expenditure in the United States in 2009 (the most recent data) – or less than people spend on telephone bills.

We looked into statistics by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and found that in all four regions of the United States (Northeast, South, Midwest and West) auto insurance accounted for a smaller portion of consumer expenditure than telephone costs, and only slightly more than what US consumers spend on television & audio.

Take a look at our latest infographic below for more comparisons between what people pay for auto insurance to what they spend on sweets nationwide, meat in Boston, housekeeping supplies in Chicago, gas in Houston and public transit in San Francisco. Are you surprised by these statistics or are they in line with your own expectations and experience? Please let us know in the comments!

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  1. R. Stevenson on February 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    If you think about it, only a small portion of the population has to endure auto rates that would be considered to be extremely high. I would think that the worlds ageing population would have a part to play in keeping this percentage low.

  2. Insurance Hunter on August 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Wow! Only 2.19% of consumer expenditures. That number is surprisingly low considering how much some people pay for auto insurance on a monthly basis. But when you crunch the numbers and take a look at your own finances I am more surprised on how much we are paying for telephone services.

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