Special Report

What Americans Spent on Christmas the Year You Were Born

1990
> Holiday spending per capita: $819.80
> Personal income per capita: $29,163.31
> Total holiday spending: $204.51 billion
> Population: 249,464,396

1991
> Holiday spending per capita: $838.83
> Personal income per capita: $28,886.92
> Total holiday spending: $211.51 billion
> Population: 252,153,092

christmas_in_dublin_ca 1992
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1992
> Holiday spending per capita: $1,056.47
> Personal income per capita: $29,687.78
> Total holiday spending: $269.43 billion
> Population: 255,029,699

1993
> Holiday spending per capita: $1,116.09
> Personal income per capita: $29,904.63
> Total holiday spending: $287.71 billion
> Population: 257,782,608

1994
> Holiday spending per capita: $1,184.32
> Personal income per capita: $30,489.53
> Total holiday spending: $308.31 billion
> Population: 260,327,021

1995
> Holiday spending per capita: $1,216.51
> Personal income per capita: $31,300.76
> Total holiday spending: $319.70 billion
> Population: 262,803,276

Christmas presents 1996
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1996
> Holiday spending per capita: $1,249.77
> Personal income per capita: $32,234.53
> Total holiday spending: $331.47 billion
> Population: 265,228,572

wmcnationaltree-1997
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1997
> Holiday spending per capita: $1,291.51
> Personal income per capita: $33,332.75
> Total holiday spending: $345.85 billion
> Population: 267,783,607

Close-up of Christmas presents in front of a Christmas tree 1998
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1998
> Holiday spending per capita: $1,357.30
> Personal income per capita: $35,151.88
> Total holiday spending: $366.81 billion
> Population: 270,248,003

Young man Christmas shopping 1999
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1999
> Holiday spending per capita: $1,455.29
> Personal income per capita: $36,117.27
> Total holiday spending: $396.84 billion
> Population: 272,690,813