Back to School by the Numbers: A Look at U.S. Consumer Trends
By Stacy Garrels | July 19, 2021
Back-to-School season means mega shopping season for families across the U.S. from July – September each year. Curious about how much the average American family spends? Check out this great infographic with 21 numbers to know about Back to School Shopping in America.
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Back to School Shopping in America: 21 Numbers to Know
- $697: Amount average family will spend on all back-to-school (BTS) shopping. But we’ve got tips for you to spend smarter and save money on BTS shopping for clothes.
- $117: Average spend per family for backpacks, notebooks, and other school supplies
- $376: Average spend per family for clothing, shoes, and apparel accessories.
- $203: Average spend per family for computers, calculators, tablets, and electronics.
- 1 in 3 families say they are spending less this year compared to last year.
- 74% of families are buying hand sanitizer as a BTS supply.
- 73% of families are buying face masks as a BTS supply.
- 15: Average number of apparel times purchased, per family, for BTS.
- $58: Average price for a pair of sneakers in the U.S.
- $18: Average price for a pair of children’s jeans in the U.S.
- 16% of families doing all BTS shopping in physical stores.
- 22% of families doing all BTS shopping online.
- 59% of families doing BTS shopping both online and in stores.
- 76% of families say finding the best price determines where they BTS shop.
- 46% of families say free shipping is an important factor for BST shopping.
- 16% of families say that a company’s politics determines where they will BST shop.
- 14% of families say supporting minority-owned businesses is important when deciding where to BTS shop.
- 21% of families will spend more this year vs last year.
- 47% of families will spend the same amount this year vs last year.
- 33% of families will spend less this year vs last year.
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