MONTPELIER, Vt. – A report by the federal government says Vermonters spend more than the average American on food, gasoline and health care, but about average 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 found Vermont's per capita personal consumption expenditure for 2012 was $39,677.
The report said Vermonters spent $2,262 on gasoline and other energy goods, second in New England to Maine's $2,373 per capita.
Vermont had the second highest per-capita health care spending in New England at $7,293 behind Massachusetts' $8,816. The national average is $5,886.
Vermont's per person spending increased 13 percent from 2009 when the recession ended, to 2012. It was the strongest pace in the region.