- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — New government figures show California consumers rank among the nation’s biggest spenders on housing and lowest spenders on energy.

Per-capita spending on housing and utilities totaled more than $8,600 in 2012, sixth-highest in the country well above the national average. It was surpassed only by District of Columbia, Hawaii, Connecticut, Maryland and New Jersey.

That’s no surprise in a state with many of the most expensive housing markets.

On the flip side, a state known for its freeway culture ranked fourth-to-last in spending on gasoline and other energy goods. Per-capita spending was about $1,000 in 2012. Only Floridians, New Yorkers and Hawaiians spent less.

The figures emerged from a report released Thursday by the U.S. Commerce Department that for the first time reveals consumer spending on a state-by-state basis from 1997 through 2012.

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