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How much does it cost to raise a child?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 4, 2008

Do you know how much it costs to raise a child from birth to age 18? You might be surprised to find out!

Single parent: $122,590
2 Parents: $130,800

$46,000 in housing
$27,000 in food
$16,000 in transportation
$9,000 in clothing
$7,000 in healthcare
$9,000 in childcare and education
$10,000 miscellaneous expenses

And this is just the bare minimum. This does not include any special gifts, or if your child gets very ill, or the cost of any additional education, like if you want your child to go to college.

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