How to Calculate Per Capita Consumption

How to Calculate Per Capita Consumption
Per capita consumption

Determine private consumption in the U.S., measured in dollars. This number is published every quarter by the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The title of the report is called "Gross Domestic Product." See Resources for a link.

Determine government consumption in the U.S., measured in dollars. This is also listed on the report published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Add personal and government consumption, in dollars, to obtain total U.S. consumption.

Determine the U.S. population. That number is reported by the Census Bureau. See Resources for a link.

Divide total consumption, in dollars, by the total population to obtain per capita consumption.