Federal report says Maine spends more on gasoline and less on housing than national average

Economic Indicators Associated Press

A report by the federal government says Maine residents spend more than the average American on food, gasoline and health care, but less on housing and utilities.

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The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on Thursday released a report comparing the personal consumption expenditures of the 50 states. The report states Maine's per capita personal consumption expenditure for 2012 was $38,677. The figure is the second-lowest in New England, above only Rhode Island, but is more than the national average of $35,498.

The report found Maine spent the most out of the New England states on gasoline at $2,373 per capita. Only North Dakota, Wyoming and South Dakota spent more. Maine's per capita expenditure of $5,803 on housing and utilities was the lowest of the six New England states.