American families will spend an average of $145,320 to feed, clothe and house and school a child born in 1995 to age 18 according to a report by the U.S. Agriculture Department. In 1990, they stated costs were (just) $120,150. A surge in prices was due to out of pocket costs for health care for children and because more families are relying on child care. Higher income families would spend about $211,830 and lower income about $106,889. The high cost is just another reason I never had children. That and the fact that I haven't been able to get a date since 1968..