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Albertans spend the most on shelter, food: StatsCan

Albertans spend much more than the average Canadian household on shelter and food, according to the latest survey of spending by Statistics Canada.

Average household shells out $10,171 a year on food, more than any other province

Groceries and eating out cost the average Albertan household $10,171 in 2015, or 13 per cent of a total $76,535 in spending on goods and services, according to Statistics Canada. (Dave Gilson/CBC)

Albertans spend much more than the average Canadian household on shelter and food, according to the latest survey of spending by Statistics Canada.

In fact, Alberta households spent an average of $76,535 on all goods and services in 2015.

That's much higher than the Canadian average of $60,516.

Shelter takes the biggest bite out of Albertans' annual spending, accounting for 28 per cent of the total.

On average, Albertans spent $21,642 on shelter in 2015. That's slightly higher than the Canadian household average of $17,509 and much higher than New Brunswick, where households spent the least on shelter at $12,171.

Shelter includes rent, mortgage payments, repairs and maintenance costs, property taxes and utilities.

Clothing and accessories accounted for 5.6 per cent of Albertans spending in 2015, which is in line with the Canadian average, according to Statistics Canada. (CBC)

Albertans spend more on food, with the average household spending $10,171 a year, accounting for 13 per cent of their total expenditures. 

That's compared to the national average of $8,629, most of which were grocery purchases with $2,502 spent on restaurants. Not surprisingly, couples with children in Canada reported spending the most on food, while seniors living alone spent the least.

While living in Alberta might be expensive, Albertans have historically made more money than Canadians as a whole, with the province's average earnings standing 16.8 per cent above the national average last June.

The information on goods and services spending was gathered in 2015 based on detailed surveys completed in 17,603 households in all the Canadian provinces.

According to the study, national household spending on goods and services is up 2.5 per cent from $59,057 in 2014.

The territories weren't included in the larger study, however Statistics Canada looked at 767 households in territorial capitals. Yellowknife  reported spending $88,927 a year on goods and services, Iqaluit  $86,706, and Whitehorse  $68,788.

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