100% stacked bar chart of income and spending for average US household

US Household Spending

The average US household has income of $73,574 and spends $53,708, with the rest going to taxes and savings, as shown in this 100% stacked bar chart.  Housing-related costs (including utilities) account for about 27% of spending.  Vehicle costs, including gas and insurance, account for 17%.  Fourteen percent of spending is on food with 8% at home and 6% outside the home.  Health insurance and other medial costs account for 9% of spending, household expenses 8% and entertainment 6%.  The data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics were organized and consolidated by Engaging Data.  They also have similar charts for each income quintile.

US Household Spending in a 100% Stacked Bar Chart with Exploding Segment

How I Made This 100% Stacked Bar Chart with Exploding Segment

The data is organized so that the three bars (columns) each have data in different rows (series) as shown below: 

Data Sheet for US Household Spending Stacked Bar Chart


Here are the steps to make the 100% stacked bar chart:

  • type data from Engaged Data website into Mekko Graphics Data Editor as shown above
  • combine some of the series to increase readability (e.g., combine federal, state and local taxes)
  • apply a custom soft to the series so that like spending categories are grouped together (e.g, vehicles is grouped with gas and insurance)
  • show series labels with values and percentages
  • add the y axis title
  • hide other parts of y axis and hide x axis line
  • adjust internal chart margins and bar gaps
  • add segment links to show that spending series in income use bar explodes into spending bar
  • adjust colors for series so that like spending items have similar colors as do difference income source and use series

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