The average American household spent $13,148, or nearly 33 percent of its total expenditures on housing in 2001-2002, according to statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau. By comparison, residents in the West spent an average $15,150, or 34 percent of total expenditures on housing. Households in San Diego spent $17,050, or 40 percent of total expenditures on housing, and residents in San Francisco spent more than $21,000, or 38 percent during the same time period. Los Angeles households spent $17,602, or 37 percent of total expenses. Percentage of housing expenses compared with total expenses was lower in the Midwest, with the average amount spent each year at $12,549, or 31 percent. In St. Louis, residents spent $13,220, or 31 percent of total expenses on housing, and residents of...
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