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   COST OF RAISING A CHILD UNTIL AGE 18:

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   $134,370

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But there are important provisos here…

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   Family Income                Less than $41,000

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   Housing                                $44,580

   Food                                     $26,490

   Transportation                      $18,660

   Clothing                                  $8,660

   Health Care                          $10,680

   Child care/education            $12,090

   Miscellaneous                      $13,380

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   Total                                   $134,370

   Several things should be said about these data:

   (1)  It’s from the U. S. Department of Agriculture as reported in The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything edited by Amy D. Bernstein & Peter W. Berstein 2006. Consider the date.

   (2)  It’s assumed that two children are being raised together. Raising a single child instead raises the cost by a factor of 1.24.

   (3)  If the family’s income is more than $70,200, the cost above is doubled.

   (4)  This does not take into account the cost of a college education.

   (5)  Raising children isn’t cheap.