Youth Indicators, 2005: Trends in the Well-Being of American Youth

Indicator 38: Spending Patterns of High School Seniors

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Table 38. Percentage distribution of spending patterns of employed high school seniors on selected activities or expenses, by sex, race, and college plans: Various years, 1991 to 2001
 Percent of 2001 seniors
Spending pattern and portion of earnings spentPercent of 1991 seniorsPercent of 1995 seniorsPercent of 2000 seniorsTotalMaleFemaleWhite non-HispanicBlack non-HispanicPlanning to go to a 4-year collegeNot Planning to go to a 4-year college
Savings for education
None or only a little72.471.973.170.673.668.570.765.568.079.8
About half7.
All or almost all4.
Car expenses
None or only a little57.058.854.254.946.862.351.960.656.647.9
About half11.010.611.
All or almost all6.
Long-range savings
None or only a little71.271.167.866.666.167.766.760.966.368.4
About half5.
All or almost all3.
Personal items
None or only a little23.123.924.923.825.322.624.518.622.031.1
About half16.515.515.818.317.918.519.
All or almost all23.523.524.422.420.124.719.737.123.220.3
Family expenses
None or only a little80.780.875.975.880.672.183.954.177.270.7
About half4.
All or almost all3.
NOTE: Portions of earnings spent were defined as follows: a little (1-20%), some (21-40%), about half (41-60%), most (61-80%), and almost all (81-99%). The response rate for this survey does not meet NCES statistical standards. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, Monitoring the Future, various years.

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