Child-care services in the Reno area are still a bit — a wee bit — less expensive than elsewhere in the nation, but the prices for child care and other personal services are climbing in Northern Nevada.
At the request of This Is Reno, researchers at Care.com, the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care, pulled data a few days ago about the trends in personal-care costs in the Reno area during the past five years.
The findings? Personal-care costs generally are a bit lower than the national average in Reno today, but Northern Nevada’s costs are rising more rapidly than national averages.
The cost of Reno-area child-care services listed on Care.com last year, for instance, averaged $15.65 an hour. That compares with a national average of $16.22.
The current figure for child-care in Reno marks an 11 percent increase over the $14.05 reported by Care.com in 2015.
Housekeeping services in Northern Nevada these days average $18.37 an hour, Care.com said. Those costs have risen by nearly 30 percent in the past five years, and Reno’s average now stands above the national figure of $18.14.
The average cost of a tutor in Reno in 2019 — $19.12 an hour — is 17 percent higher than 2015, Care.com’s figures showed. The national average of $19.85 an hour for tutoring last year was up 13 percent in five years.
One noteworthy pair of figures: The rate for pet-care services in Reno is higher than the rate for senior-care, although the gap is narrowing.
Last year, pet-care listings on Care.com averaged $17.87 in the Reno area. Senior-care services averaged $16.69. Five years ago, however, pet care cost about $3.50 an hour more than senior care in the area. Costs for senior care have risen 22 percent since 2015.
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– Compiled by Darcy Lenardson