Victorian Economy

Cost of Living 1888 Victorian England – Family of Two

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£

1888 U.S. 

1888 U.S.

2006 U.S.

2006 U.S

 

Annual.

Annual.

Monthly

Annual.

Monthly

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Salary for 1888

660

2,751.42

229.29

57,691.38

4,807.62

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rent

105

511.35

42.61

9,897.96

824.83

Rates and taxes including gas

28

131.36

10.95

2,639.46

219.96

Coals (Fuel)

12

58.44

4387

1,131.20

94.27

Food: Butcher

46

43.83

3.65

4,336.25

361.35

Food: Baker

9

170.45

14.20

848.40

70.70

Food: Grocer

38

185.06

15.42

3,582.12

298.51

Food: Greengrover

10

48.70

4.06

942.66

78.56

Food: Poulterer

10

48.70

4.06

942.66

78.56

Clothing: Husband

20

97.40

8.12

1,885.33

157.11

Clothing: Wife

35

170.45

14.20

3,299.32

274.94

Laundry

35

170.45

14.20

3,299.32

274.94

Doctor/Chemist (Pharmacist)

33

160.71

13.39

3,110.79

259.23

Traveling/Tips

43

209.41

17.45

4,053.45

337.79

Local Travel (Work, shopping, etc.)

20

97.40

8.12

1,885.33

157.11

Entertainment

36

175.32

14.61

3,393.59

282.80

Liquor

15

73.05

6.09

1,413.99

117.83

House Repairs

27

131.49

10.96

2,545.19

212.10

Garden

5

24.35

2.03

471.33

39.28

Miscellaneous

50

243.50

20.29

4,713.31

392.78

This 660£ shown here is what a middle class family of 2 would make.  The chart converts it into dollars for ease of comparison.  According to what I found a poor family would make about 1/2 this every year.

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