Looking to save on your grocery bills? Take a look at the Lone Star State.
Research conducted by Apartment Guide suggests the South and the Midwest lead the way in affordable grocery shopping, with Texas towns taking six of 10 top spots.
There are many factors affecting retail foods prices, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service.
Farm-level commodity prices, packaging, processing, transportation and marketing costs rank among the factors having a role in determining prices on supermarket shelves (and restaurant menus, for that matter).
For a typical dollar spent in 2017 by U.S. consumers on domestically produced food, including grocery store and dining out purchases, 36.7 cents went to foodservice establishments, 15 cents to food processors and 12.6 cents to food retailers, according to ERS data.
We Americans put our money where our mouths are. According to ERS, in 2018 U.S. consumers, businesses and governmental oranizations spent $1.71 trillion on food and beverages at grocery stores and other food retailers and on away-from-home meals and snacks.
Apartment Guide’s affordability rankings factored in prices for 10 of the most common items purchased at the grocery store — steak, eggs, milk, cheese, margarine, bread, potatoes, cereal, orange juice and bananas — and ranked each in price among 256 U.S. cities.
They then added up those rankings to determine an overall grocery price score for those locations to uncover the top 10 most affordable cities in the U.S. for an average trip to the supermarket.
So, ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you the top 10 most affordable cities for grocery shopping in the U.S.:
- Temple, Texas
- Waco, Texas
- Kalamazoo, Mich.
- Harlingen, Texas
- McAllen, Texas
- Salina, Kan.
- Birmingham, Ala.
- Lynchburg, Va.
- Round Rock, Texas
That’s the good news. The bad news is if you’re living in the greater New York City area (or Bay Area) your grocery bills (along with pretty much everything else) are the priciest in the U.S.
Cue the sad trombone. Here are the terrible 10:
- Oakland, Calif.
- Juneau, Alaska
- Anchorage Alaska
- New York (Manhattan)
- San Francisco
- New Haven, Conn.
- Stamford, Conn.
- New York (Queens)
- New York (Brooklyn