Poorest 20% of Families Spent 14% of Income on Diapers in ’14

The Poorest Spend a Large Percentage of Their Money on Diapers


“The struggle to provide enough diapers is apparent from data showing how much Americans spend on them per year,” writes the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in its coverage of H.R. 4055, or the Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Toddlers Act of 2015.

Introduced last week, H.R. 4055 will allow states to create pilot projects that provide diapers or subsidies for diapers to poor families.

“The poorest quintile (the bottom 20 percent of consumer units by income, with an average after-tax income of $11,253) spent 13.9 percent of their income on diapers in 2014. For the years 2004 to 2014, this quintile spent a far larger share of their income on diapers than any of the other quintiles, roughly 2 to 2.75 times greater than the next poorest quintile,” writes CEPR.

Introduced by Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) the bill aims to make diapers affordable for families struggling to meet basic needs of children.

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