Monday, April 14, 2008

That bundle of joy will cost a bundle


Some couples nationwide who choose not to have children cite the high cost of raising a child, Kristin Curtin and Jeff Hunt note in an article they wrote in 2005 for [X]Press Magazine.

An indicator of this, the writers say, is the fact that 44 percent of American women of childbearing age were childless in 2002, the U.S. Census Bureau reports. More telling still, they say, is that 18 percent of women 40 to 44 were still childless, up from 10 percent in 1976.

In addition to cost, "A devotion to their own sense of adventure, and a fear that 'bad genes' will be passed on to offspring are other main reasons leading some couples not to reproduce," according to the story.

Curtin and Hunt say it costs $250,000 to $300,000 to raise a child from birth to 18 in the Bay Area.

That is the equivalent of 47,965 six-packs of Budweiser, 283 Gucci Large Classic Totes or 300 iBooks, they note. It's also the cost of 115 years of Giants' season tickets, 14 Toyota Priuses or a one-bedroom San Francisco condo, the story says.

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Anonymous said...

There's a great web site for those who want to find the average of what it would cost to raise a child in their part of the U.S. and with their income, with or without paying for college tuition. It's the "cost of raising a child calculator" on Here's the link:

According to that, it would cost more than $300,000 on the West Coast to raise a child. Think of all the gadgets kids have today that we didn't have when we were young!


craftycorner said...

Brats do NOT need every freaking gadget. They are spoilt rotten. They don't know how to budget, they expect everything handed to them.