In April, The Atlantic wrote about a 2006 Bureau of Labor Statistics report titled "100 Years of U.S. Consumer Spending":
This is our story today: It is a story about how spending on food and clothing went from half the family budget in 1900 to less than a fifth in 2000. It is a story about how a nation that feels poor got so rich. Here's the big picture in one chart showing the share of family spending per category over the 20th century. The big story is that spending on food and clothes has fallen massively while spending on housing and services has gone up.
Although the report is several years old, it remains a great example of the kinds of insights about society that can be derived from government statistics.
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