What’s Cooking: Food Costs By State

It’s no surprise that food costs vary quite a bit from state to state. What may surprise you is how much your grocery bill may vary based on location. Furthermore, the states and cities with the highest grocery bills might surprise you.

Looking at Food Costs by State

Using data from The Council for Community and Economic Research, 24/7 Wall St. examined a typical homeowner’s monthly grocery bill across all 50 states. Ultimately, American homeowners spend roughly $52.4 billion per year on groceries. Let’s take a look at those differences.

Here’s where you can get the most (and least) bang for your grocery buck:

Least Expensive

50. Yakima, Washington

  • Avg. homeowner’s monthly grocery bill: $775
  • Avg. price, bananas, 1 lb.: $0.65
  • Avg. price, frozen meal: $2.55
  • Median household income: $42,978

49. Albany, New York

  • Avg. homeowner’s monthly grocery bill: $778
  • Avg. price, bananas, 1 lb.: $0.62
  • Avg. price, frozen meal: $2.70
  • Median household income: $59,916

48. Raleigh, North Carolina

  • Avg. homeowner’s monthly grocery bill: $784
  • Avg. price, bananas, 1 lb.: $0.59
  • Avg. price, frozen meal: $3.07
  • Median household income: $66,944

47. Flagstaff, Arizona

  • Avg. homeowner’s monthly grocery bill: $781
  • Avg. price, bananas, 1 lb.: $0.59
  • Avg. price, frozen meal: $2.78
  • Median household income: $50,341

46. Chicago, Illinois

  • Avg. homeowner’s monthly grocery bill: $783
  • Avg. price, bananas, 1 lb.: $0.44
  • Avg. price, frozen meal: $3.24
  • Median household income: $61,606

45. Olympia, Washington

  • Avg. homeowner’s monthly grocery bill: $784
  • Avg. price, bananas, 1 lb.: $0.69
  • Avg. price, frozen meal: $2.36
  • Median household income: $61,605

And the Most Expensive

5. Juneau, Alaska

  • Avg. homeowner’s monthly grocery bill: $998
  • Avg. price, bananas, 1 lb.: $0.92
  • Avg. price, frozen meal: $2.99
  • Median household income: $85,125

4. Sunnyvale, California

  • Avg. homeowner’s monthly grocery bill: $1,042
  • Avg. price, bananas, 1 lb.: $0.67
  • Avg. price, frozen meal: $4.03
  • Median household income: $105,401

3. Hilo, Hawaii

  • Avg. homeowner’s monthly grocery bill: $1,070
  • Avg. price, bananas, 1 lb.: $1.34
  • Avg. price, frozen meal: $4.14
  • Median household income: $52,070

2. Kodiak, Alaska

  • Avg. homeowner’s monthly grocery bill: $1,105
  • Avg. price, bananas, 1 lb.: $1.30
  • Avg. price, frozen meal: $4.14
  • Median household income: $70,128

1. Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Avg. homeowner’s monthly grocery bill: $1,164
  • Avg. price, bananas, 1 lb.: $1.21
  • Avg. price, frozen meal: $3.63
  • Median household income: $72,533

The Results

California did sneak into the top 5 for most expensive groceries, however Alaska and Hawaii top the list. Because Hawaii is a remote island nation, they import a large percentage of their groceries, especially packaged goods. This adds to the overall cost.

Both states require increased shipping costs due to their remote location. This is another way the cost of shipping products is increased. This costs is therefore passed on to the consumer at the grocery store.

Grocery costs are closely related to the cost of living within a specific area and are therefore a major household expense that City vs City examines when calculating cost of living.

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