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Vermonters spend more than average for food, gas, health care

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Federal statistics show consumers spent more in New England in 2012 than in any other region in the United States.

The U.S. Department of Commerce says housing, health care and food costs residents in the six-state region $44,549 per person. That's compared to $32,000 in the Southwest and Southeast where consumer spending was lowest.

In Vermont, spending per person increased 13 percent from 2009-2012 to $39,677. It was the strongest pace in the region.

The report says Vermonters spend more than the average American on food, gas and health care, but about average on housing and utilities.

Vermonters spent $2,262 on gas and other energy, that's second in New England to Maine's $2,373.

And Vermont had the second highest per capita health care spending in New England at $7,293. Massachusetts was first at $8,816. The national average is $5,886.

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