Are Girls or Boys More Expensive to Raise?

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Raising a child is expensive; the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that a middle income family with a child born in 2012 will spend about $241,000 ($301,970 adjusted for projected inflation) on child-rearing expenses for the next seventeen years. This hefty price tag is multiplied by the fact that many people who choose to have children decide to have more than one.

Boys and girls are expensive to raise, but people have different theories about whether boys or girls are more expensive, or if they are equally expensive. The answer to this question depends somewhat on the family that the child grows up in, and on what type of income level they have and how much they like to spend on their kids. The answer also depends on who you ask, because many parents and researchers have their own opinions about this question.

A study by found that daughters cost more than sons because they have expensive hobbies, have more expensive clothes, and also get more expensive parties. However, a report by Halifax Bank found that boys cost more, primarily because of extra school uniform, sports things, and furniture needed for boys because it wears out. Although neither of these studies were completed in the US, the needs of boys and girls are similar.

One of the most common arguments for girls costing more to raise, is the fact that many girls like clothing, and girls’ clothes are sometimes more expensive than boys’ clothes. This is a valid argument, because often dresses and fancy shoes cost a lot of money. Girls also often want haircuts more often, want to style their hair more, and may pay for expensive beauty treatments, more often. Girls also usually start wearing makeup as they get older, which is something that the parents of boys usually don’t have to pay for.