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State ranks both high, low

It’s not your imagination – you really are paying more for gasoline than your family members in Ohio.

Hoosiers had the 16th highest per capita spending for gas in 2012, according to figures released last week by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

We pay more for health care, as well.

On the flip side, food, housing and utility costs are lower in Indiana.

The report finds the state’s per capita personal consumption is $32,418. That’s $3,080 lower than the national average. Rent is a value here; 24 percent less than the national average.

The consumption figures, broken down for the first time by spending on goods and services, show Indiana’s spending ranked only 34th-highest among the states, in line with its dismal per capita income performance at 87 percent of the national rate.

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