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Single men outspent single women on entertainment in 2019–20, but single women spent more on pets

June 27, 2022

In 2019–20, single men spent 33.5 percent more on entertainment, on average, than single women ($2,106 versus $1,577). Single men also spent more than single women on four out of five entertainment categories. Only on pets did single women outspend men. Single women spent an average of $504 on pets, while single men spent an average of $381. Single women spent 32.0 percent of their entertainment budget on pets, compared with 18.1 percent for single men.

Entertainment expenditures for single women and men, 2019–20
Item All single women All single men


$1,577 $2,106

Audio and visual equipment and services

697 779


504 381

Fees and admissions

241 270

Other entertainment supplies, equipment, and services

73 594

Toys, hobbies, and playground equipment

62 81

The entertainment category, “other entertainment supplies, equipment, and services” includes indoor and outdoor exercise equipment, campers and boats, hunting, fishing, camping and sports equipment, photographic equipment and supplies, fireworks, and pinball and electronic video games.

These data are from the Consumer Expenditure Surveys. Consumer units are all the individual members of a household who use their income to make joint expenditure decisions. To learn more about the data in this article, see our 2-year cross-tabulated means tables.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Single men outspent single women on entertainment in 2019–20, but single women spent more on pets at (visited July 16, 2024).

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