Here's what the average American family spends on childcare in every state


Families across the US have to spend a lot of money on expenses,including mortgages, rent, food, and even childcare.

Business Insider’s data team examined the latest data from Child Care Aware of America to find how much families spend on childcare in each state. All data is for families who pay for center-based care for their school-aged children, typically before and after school, which lasts nine months.

Keep scrolling to learn how much families are spending in your state.


In Alabama, families spent $US5,516 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 14.1% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Alaska, families spent $US6,934 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 21.8%of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Arizona, families spent $US5,162 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 24.7% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Arkansas, families spent $US2,362 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

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On average, married couples with two children spend 17.4% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In California, families spent $US3,736 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 31.3% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Colorado, families spent $US4,766 on childcare for before and after school care in 2017.

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On average, married couples with two children spend 29.1% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Connecticut, families spent $US3,276 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

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On average, married couples with two children spend 23% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Delaware, families spent $US3,617 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 19.8% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Florida, families spent $US3,345 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

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On average, married couples with two children spend 21.1% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Georgia, families spent $US2,942 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 19% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Hawaii, families spent $US5,805 on childcare for before and after school care in 2016.

On average, married couples with two children spend 23.6% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Idaho, families spent $US4,239 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 19.5% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Illinois, families spent $US6,330 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 25% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Indiana, families spent $US4,378 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 26.7% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Iowa, families spent $US3,011 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 21.4% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Kansas, families spent $US4,875 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 23.4% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Kentucky, families spent $US5,524 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 16.4% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Louisiana, families spent $US2,399 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 16.3% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Maine, families spent $US4,687 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 21% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Maryland, families spent $US4,437 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 21.2% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Massachusetts, families spent $US5,898 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 28.9% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Michigan, families spent $US4,234 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 22.4% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Minnesota, families spent $US9,457 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 27.4% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Mississippi, families spent $US1,987 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 13.7% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Missouri, families spent $US4,095 on childcare for before and after school care in 2017.

On average, married couples with two children spend 20.4% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Montana, families spent $US6,099 on childcare for before and after school care in 2016.

On average, a single mother of one child spends 47% of her income on center-based childcare.


In Nebraska, families spent $US6,749 on childcare for before and after school care in 2016.

On average, married couples with two children spend 27.4% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Nevada, families spent $US5,275 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 26.9% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In New Hampshire, families spent $US3,588 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 21.7% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In New Jersey, families spent $US5,676 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 19.6% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In New Mexico, families spent $US4,004 on childcare for before and after school care in 2017.

On average, married couples with two children spend 22.5% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In New York, families spent $US12,064 on childcare for before and after school care in 2017.

On average, married couples with two children spend 27.5% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In North Carolina, families spent $US3,275 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 21.6% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In North Dakota, families spent $US8,875 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 17.8% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Ohio, families spent $US4,168 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 19.7% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Oklahoma, families spent $US4,160 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

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On average, married couples with two children spend 20.1% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Oregon, families spent $US4,032 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 28.4% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Pennsylvania, families spent $US5,771 on childcare for before and after school care in 2017.

On average, married couples with two children spend 22.5% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Rhode Island, families spent $US5,584 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 23.8% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In South Carolina, families spent $US2,399 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 16.2% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In South Dakota, families spent $US4,586 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 6.4% of their annual income on home-based childcare.


In Tennessee, families spent $US2,487 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 20.9% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Texas, families spent $US3,342 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 19.7% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Utah, families spent $US5,626 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 21.7% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Vermont, families spent $US5,626 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 26.6% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Virginia, families spent $US5,626 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 23.7% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Washington, families spent $US4,599 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 27.1% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In West Virginia, families spent $US4,997 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 21.7% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Wisconsin, families spent $US3,720 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 24.6% of their annual income on center-based childcare.


In Wyoming, families spent $US7,017 on childcare for before and after school care in 2018.

On average, married couples with two children spend 22.1% of their annual income on center-based childcare.

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