(Source: USDA)

The biggest jumps in spending were on health care, which doubled from 4 to 8 percent of total costs, and child care, which shot up from 2 to 18 percent of total costs, given the rise in women working outside the home. On the other hand, technological advance have helped curb expenses on food and clothing. The USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion has produced the report since 1960.

The USDA notes, in perfectly dry bureaucrat-speak, that the “considerable” cost of raising children “may be outweighed by the benefits of children.”