The High Cost of Raising Children


It is expensive to raise a child in the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates it will cost a middle-income family more than $200,000 to raise a child through high school graduation. This estimate includes housing, food, clothing and childcare expenses. Add in the cost of a college education and the estimate can rise significantly. VOA’s Tetiana Vorozkko and Zorislav Baydyuk spoke to some parents about the cost of bringing up baby. Brian Allen narrates.


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