NB 8th in Average Household Expenditures

This is one of those stats that gets everyone arguing. Is this a good thing (i.e. a low cost of living) or a bad thing (low income leads to low expenditures)? I guess it depends on who you are talking to. As a general rule, however; this is not a cost of living metric. For example, a person making $75,000/year in New Brunswick might have the same avg. household expenditure pattern as a person in Ontario (although it is unlikely their housing costs would be as high as in the large urban centres).

Anyway, for me, this one is like Fox News. I report – you decide.

It is a little interesting that we are last in Canada among the provinces for recreation, clothing, and tobaccco/booze (no kidding!). The only two categories where we are higher than the median province are health care and transportation expenses. And for those of you with a slightly higher dense quotient I’ll spell this out: that means the average NB household spends $1,610 on private health care per year.

I report, you decide.

Average Household Expenditures (2004)

Source:
http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/051212/d051212a.htm

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0 Responses to NB 8th in Average Household Expenditures

  1. David Campbell says:

    Opps. Please note that second last category is “Reading materials and other printed matter”.

    Also please note NB households are 9th out of 10 provinces for the average amount we give away to people or charities. I always heard we were so generous. The Nova Scotians give 15% more than NBers while Manitobans give, on average, 72% more than NBers.

    What’s up with that?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Is there a statistic on how much DISPOSABLE INCOME New Brunswickers have? Because that may have something to do with it. However, I still tend to contribute a lot of NB’ers ‘apathy’ to the Irving Press, where everything is sunshine and roses. I know people who genuinely seem to believe there is hardly any poverty in NB.

    I know that my sister bought a house in Fredericton, a small place on the northside, which was only 30 grand cheaper than a much nicer home in Kitchener, Ontario. On a 25 year mortgage those cost of living expenses for housing is pretty comparible.

    Food is no cheaper in NB. Power rates are a guess but I’m thinking between ontario and nb are pretty close-both had near misses with privatization, cost increases and debt laden energy corporations. Gas is always more expensive in NB, so really we shoulnd’t be surprised considering that Ontarians make roughly double what NBers do.

    However, loyalists have always been noted for being miserly, and the francophone communities generally tend to solve their problems within their community, not with organized charities, so again thats another factor.

    However, as you’ve often noted, NS is doing much better economically.

    In conclusion though I still tend to blame NBers lethargy on social issues on an anti-organizational press. There’s a reason the NDP almost have power in Nova Scotia and in NB they are nowhere to be seen. I know that many found it hard to believe that NB was the only province where roomers and boarders weren’t even covered under the Residential Tenants Act, I had to SHOW people the act or one of the few pieces of press coverage.

    That’s a pretty damning statistic right there that you don’t even grant basic UN sanctioned human rights to a percentage of your population. Yet I still could hardly convince people to even write an email to their MLA or sign a petition-and many of these were CHURCHES. THATS ????ed up!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Keep in mind that statistics tend to get skewered when you have a much smaller population. When you consider wealth factors NB isn’t too bad. The gifts were actually pretty close though, so provincial rankings matter less than actual dollars.

    The interesting one I found was much less on ‘miscellaneous’ which could be a real link to personal wealth. I’m assuming that would include cable, satellite, cell phones and stuff like that, and clearly NB doesn’t have the cash to indulge as much as others.