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The High Cost of Fashion

TUESDAY, JUN 08, 2021

Even in a year where millions of Americans worked at home in shorts and flip-flops (if that much), the clothing tax is real, especially in the Deep South. Adult women spent at least 1.5 times more on clothing last year than men in all 3,142 U.S. counties, according to a Social Explorer analysis of data compiled by Easy Analytic Software Inc. The ratio ranged from 2.36 times more in Jefferson County, Miss., to 1.52 times more in tiny Kalawao County, Hawaii.

The 10 counties with the smallest women’s clothing tax were all on the nation’s West Coast (including the Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska, where women spent 1.65 times more on clothes than men). The 20 counties with the largest gaps were all in the South. Use Social Explorer’s flexible, easy-to-use mapping tools to check out clothing expenditures by gender in your county.


Apparel and Services (Women), 2020 MPD. Click here to explore further.

Author: Frank Bass

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