2.5 people were $6,129 in 2010, or $2,452 per person. Food expenditures for North Dakota farm families in 2010 were $7,498 for a household of 2.9 people, or only $2,586 per person."
On average, about 12 percent of North Dakota farm family living expenditures have been for nonfarm vehicle operation and purchase during the past eight years. Vehicle purchases are variable because they correspond with net farm income. Vehicle purchases averaged more than $1,000 more in high-income years than in low-income years.
Contributions and gifts have increased significantly through eight years by going from $2,249 in 2004 to $4,478 in 2011, and averaged 6 percent of total farm family expenditures.
The combined expenditures on nonfarm interest, child care, alimony and child support, and miscellaneous averaged $3,010, or 5.6 percent of total expenditures from 2004 to 2011.
Clothing expenses were $2,221 in 2011 and education expenses were $1,897. These expenses averaged only 3.6 and 3.1 percent of total farm family expenditures in the 2004 to 2011 period, respectively.
A NDSU publication, "Farm Family Living Trends in North Dakota," summarizes farm family living expense trends using information from the North Dakota Farm Business Management Education Program.
It can be requested from county offices of the NDSU Extension Service or found at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/fammgmt/he453.pdf. A summary of the most recent consumer expenditure survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor can be accessed at http://www.bls.gov/cex/csxann02.pdf, and consumer prices indices can be found at http://www.bls.gov/cpi/.