This Map Shows How Much a Babysitter Will Cost You Across the United States

Amanda Tarlton

Over the past few years, childcare, including babysitting, has gotten increasingly more expensive. But how much does it really cost to hire a sitter for the night? About $16.75 an hour for one child and $19.26 for two in the United States, according to a recent survey that analyzed the average babysitting rates in cities across the country.

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Based on data from 28,000 families, UrbanSitter’s eighth annual childcare study found that the national average for one child is up 32 cents, from $16.43 in 2018.

The 2019 survey then broke down average costs by city. Researchers discovered that the most expensive city for childcare is once again San Francisco, where parents pay about $18.75 for one child and $21.30 for two. Other cities where babysitters cost more than the national average are New York City, Seattle, and Boston.

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