The report by USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion notes that family income affects child rearing costs. A family earning less than $56,870 per year can expect to spend a total of $159,870 (in 2008 dollars) on a child from birth through high school. Similarly, parents with an income between $56,870 and $98,470 can expect to spend $221,190; and a family earning more than $98,470 can expect to spend $366,660. In 1960, a middle-income family could have expected to spend $25,230 ($183,509 in 2008 dollars) to raise a child through age seventeen.
When you consider the income levels in these calculations, it doesn't seem all that bad. Many families spend more than that on a house. Then again, the child's shelter expense is the biggest item on the total bill, comprising 32% of the total. Link -via J-Walk Blog
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ByrdBrain, people who have children are selfless philanthropists?
Interesting how the "die alone" argument is a popular argument for child-bearers, but you don't see that as selfish? You would have children to support you in your dotage, but those who don't have children are selfish because they can jet off to Paris?
The life of a child in the USA or in Africa?
How much money bring back the parents in a life?
Are they paid exactly salary?
It is necessary that their bosses made profits.
Today, they speak of the ' tax carbon '! Pay for the expired air(sight)!
A sportsman or a labourer must he(it) be more imposed than an unemployed person?
Why no tax on them limp with beans?!