The 2010 Bundle Report: Annual household spending by state

What state's residents were the biggest spenders in 2009? Sorry New York, the top spenders were your neighbors in Connecticut. Residents there spent an average of $57,331 last year-52 percent more than the average American, and more than double the spending of West Virginians, the lowest-spending state, according to Bundle's data.

Where did all that money go? Connecticut ranked at the top of our lists for spending on insurance ($6,393), clothes ($2,435), dining out ($4,336), and healthcare ($1,369). Of course, not everyone in the state is spending so well: The numbers are buoyed by wealthy enclaves like New Canaan (average 2009 spending: $145,883) and Darien ($144,758).

At the other end of the spectrum, the average West Virginian spent just $25,517 in 2009 — or a little more than what the average New Canaan resident spent in two months. The state ranks among the bottom 10 for all categories, but it isn't uniformly last: West Virginians spent more on clothes and shoes ($1,214) than residents of five other states, including Mainers ($1,075) and Alaskans ($940). West Virginians also allocated 8 percent of their daily spending to gas ($1,944), compared to Americans overall, who devoted about 6 percent of their spending to fuel.

Among the 48 states that fell in between:

Wisconsin is the most average state, in terms of overall spending. (The cheese? Way above the mean!) The average Badger spent $37,815 in 2009, just $33 more than the national average.

Oklahoma ranked 13th on our list — but the average Oklahoman gave more to charity ($1,587) in 2009 than residents of any other state.

Colorado is No. 20 in terms of overall spending, but when it comes to their pets, they don't skimp. The average pet-owner in Colorado spent $809 on her menagerie in 2009-the second-highest in the country.

How did your state stack up?

1. Connecticut ($57,331)

2. District of Columbia ($49,430)

3. Hawaii ($46,518)

4. California ($42,962)

5. Texas ($42,623)

6. Arizona ($41,752)

7. Illinois ($41,627)

8. New York ($40,783)

9. Maryland ($40,538)

10. Washington ($40,480)

11. Virginia ($40,282)

12. Oklahoma ($40,103)

13. New Hampshire ($40,081)

14. Massachusetts ($39,792)

15. Minnesota ($39,682)

16. Missouri ($39,462)

17. Kansas ($39,418)

18. Nevada ($39,262)

19. Colorado ($38,916)

20. Rhode Island ($38,867)

21. New Jersey ($38,634)

22. New Mexico ($38,509)

23. Delaware ($38,020)

24. Wisconsin ($37,815)

25. U.S. Average ($37,782)

26. Michigan ($37,330)

27. Florida ($36,455)

28. Vermont ($36,435)

29. Utah ($35,558)

30. Iowa ($35,445)

31. Indiana ($35,327)

32. Arkansas ($34,995)

33. North Carolina ($34,869)

34. Nebraska ($34,639)

35. Alaska ($34,474)

36. Tennessee ($34,334)

37. Louisiana ($34,251)

38. Ohio ($33,921)

39. South Dakota ($33,557)

40. Oregon ($33,377)

41. Maine ($32,839)

42. Pennsylvania ($32,452)

43. Wyoming ($32,272)

44. North Dakota ($31,179)

45. South Carolina ($31,080)

46. Georgia ($29,752)

47. Alabama ($29,337)

48. Kentucky ($28,870)

49. Idaho ($28,537)

50. Mississippi ($27,740)

51. Montana ($27,032)

52. West Virginia ($24,517)



Are you spending more or less than other people your state? For a more detailed breakdown, visit Everybody's Money.

About the artist: Raised in Denver, Colo., Stefanie Posavec now lives in London, where she designs book covers by day and creates data visualizations by night. In future projects, she plans to explore the future of the book and its shift from print to screen. Find her work at itsbeenreal.co.uk.


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