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The astonishing costs of raising a child, by the numbers

When you add up all the Goldfish and Razor scooters, not to mention the cost of child care, the price tag for bringing a new life into the world is eye-popping

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This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the average family can expect to spend a cool quarter of a million dollars to raise a child — and that doesn’t include the cost of college, nor the indeterminate post-graduation period of unemployment when Junior lives rent-free at home and constantly raids the fridge. While the USDA perfunctorily notes that the “considerable” cost of child-rearing “may be outweighed by the benefits of children,” the price tag is enough to make some parents daydream of what they would do “with all that kid money,” says Lindsay Cross at Mommyish. Here, a look at the numbers behind that drooling ball of chub:

$234,900
Amount a middle-income family typically spends raising a child through age 17, as of 2011

$389,670
Amount that families earning more than $100,000 a year typically spend per child

$169,080
Amount that families earning less than $60,000 typically spend per child

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