U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Report on Housing and Other Consumer Expenses

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report October 2012, comparing 25 years of consumer expenditures by homeowners and renters.

From 1986 to 2010, homeowners and renters spent about the same inflation-adjusted dollars in overall expenditures, but the areas of spending shifted. Housing remained the largest expenditure, with decreases in spending on transportation, food & apparel. Both homeowners and renters are now spending more on personal insurance, pensions & healthcare.

Link to Survey: http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-1/pdf/a-comparison-of-25-years-of-consumer-expenditures-by-homeowners-and-renters.pdf