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Just had third baby - happy to know I'm benefiting from economies of scale.

The USDA has a Cost of Raising a Child Calculator online at: http://162.79.16.127/default.aspx. This shows data for 5 geographic regions of the United States:

The Northeast includes: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The South includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Midwest includes: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The West includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Rural areas include any town or municipality with a population of fewer than 2,500 people.

Love the infographics! Thought provoking article. I'd be interested to see how costs or spending per child varies by geography.

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