In 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report estimating the annual expenses associated with raising children in two-parent and single-parent households. On average, households in the lowest income group spent 25 percent of their before-tax income on a child; those in the middle-income group, 16 percent; and those in the highest group, 12 percent.
Total family expenditures on a child (for a total of 18 years), by single-parent and two-parent households:
• $149,760 for single parent households
• $160,410 for two-parent households