The Average Cost of Food in the US

Joe Roberts
Oct 24, 2023
Icon Time To Read2 min read

The data in this map is based on 2023 numbers. 

The average cost of groceries in America in 2023 is $415.53 a month per person1. However, this number can vary greatly depending on factors like age and personal eating habits. Location is another important—though potentially surprising—factor in determining food costs. Groceries cost more in some US cities and states than others.

To find out where people pay the most for food every month, we looked at grocery costs in each state’s most populous city. We found that residents of Honolulu, Hawaii pay the most for food every month ($638.57), while people living in Cheyenne, Wyoming pay the least ($335.97).

Keep reading to learn more about food costs across the country and to see where your state ranks.

Map Pin
Planning on relocating?

Check out our Best Moving Companies of 2022 guide that our moving experts put together after researching professional moving companies across the country to determine the ones that can make your long-distance move the most organized, easy, and stress-free as can be.


Key findings

  • The average Honolulu resident pays $638.57 for groceries every month. That’s over $200 more than the national average of $415.53.
  • An area’s population size doesn’t seem to greatly influence food costs. Densely populated cities and smaller metros both show up evenly throughout our rankings.
  • With three exceptions (Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii), the ten states where food costs the most are all eastern states.
  • New Hampshire is the only Northeastern state in the 10 states with the lowest food costs
  • Wisconsin experienced the smallest change in price from 2022 to 2023 ($2.17 lower).
  • South Dakota experienced the largest change in price from 2022 to 2023 ($176.42 higher).

Money
Save money on groceries

Do you have SNAP benefits? Did you know that you can buy groceries with SNAP EBT cards on Amazon? No Prime membership required.

Are you a Prime member? You can save money when ordering grocery staples on Amazon when you opt to "Subscribe and save," or "stock up and save."

Certain content that appears on this site comes from Amazon. This content is provided “as is” and is subject to change or removal at any time. Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. Move.org utilizes paid Amazon links.


States with the highest and lowest food costs

10 states with the highest food costs

  1. Hawaii (Honolulu): $638.57
  2. New York City, (New York): $555.11
  3. Delaware (Wilmington): $527.51
  4. Washington (Seattle): $512.11
  5. Massachusetts (Boston): $506.63
  6. Connecticut (Bridgeport): $497.70
  7. District of Columbia (Washington DC): $486.63
  8. Maine (Portland): $486.53
  9. Alaska (Anchorage): $480.11
  10. Rhode Island (Providence): $479.81

10 states with the lowest food costs

  1. Wyoming (Cheyenne ): $335.97
  2. Arkansas (Little Rock): $343.15
  3. West Virginia (Charleston): $347.40
  4. Iowa (Des Moines): $351.80
  5. New Hampshire (Manchester): $357.33
  6. Utah (Salt Lake City): $359.65
  7. Virginia (Virginia Beach): $362.00
  8. Arizona (Phoenix): $367.15
  9. Mississippi (Jackson): $367.52
  10. Idaho (Boise): $371.54

The data is based on 2023 numbers. 

Light Bulb
What about other monthly costs?

Grocery bills are some of the biggest monthly bills most people accrue, but they’re far from the only monthly cost you need to plan for. Get a handle on budgeting your monthly bills by reading our average utility costs guide.

Ready to move?

Company
Company type
Move.org rating
Packing & loading services
Pricing
Discounts
Learn more
Professional mover
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8
Icon Yes  LightYes
$$$
Icon Yes  Light10% Move.org discount, military personnel, seniors
Professional mover
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Icon Yes  LightYes
$$$
Icon No  LightNone
Professional mover
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8
Icon Yes  LightYes
$$$
Icon Yes  LightSeniors
Moving container company
4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6
Icon No  LightNo
$$
Icon Yes  Light25% Move.org discount, military personnel
Moving container company
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Icon No  LightNo
$$
Icon Yes  LightMove.org readers, military personnel

Methodology

For our rankings, we looked at Numbeo’s estimated monthly food costs1 in each state’s most populous city for 2022 and 2023. These prices only include the costs for basic groceries. Additional food costs like restaurant bills were not included in these prices.

Sources

  1. Numbeo, “Food Prices in United States.” Accessed Oct 4, 2023.
  2. Census, "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in the United States: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2022" Accessed Oct 4. 2023. 

Food costs across the US

Rank
State
City
Population
Food Price
Price Change
1HawaiiHonolulu343,421$638.57 $81.81
2New YorkNew York City8,335,897$555.11 $72.24
3DelawareWilmington71,569$527.51 $147.12
4WashingtonSeattle749,256$512.11 $110.03
5MassachusettsBoston650,706$506.63 $100.42
6ConnecticutBridgeport148,377$497.70 $154.40
7District of ColumbiaWashington DC671,803$486.63 $81.55
8MainePortland68,424$486.53 $114.32
9AlaskaAnchorage287,145$480.11 ($3.13)
10Rhode IslandProvidence189,563$479.81 $89.62
11GeorgiaAtlanta499,127$477.96 $79.99
12North CarolinaCharlotte897,720$475.19 $134.09
13North DakotaFargo131,444$474.01 $147.35
14IllinoisChicago2,665,039$470.65 $143.34
15TennesseeNashville683,622$469.01 $122.64
16OregonPortland635,067$467.77 $92.36
17South DakotaSioux Falls202,078$462.65 $176.42
18CaliforniaLos Angeles3,822,238$458.71 $87.75
19ColoradoDenver713,252$452.45 $125.53
20PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia1,567,258$444.29 $43.27
21LouisianaNew Orleans369,749$443.34 $118.15
22New MexicoAlbuquerque561,008$440.66 $132.87
23NebraskaOmaha485,153$438.79 $101.89
24FloridaJacksonville971,319$434.98 $70.73
25VermontBurlington44,595$434.48 ($62.93)
26MarylandBaltimore569,931$429.38 $85.71
27South CarolinaCharleston153,672$427.57 $16.28
28TexasHouston2,302,878$424.71 $138.07
29AlabamaHuntsville221,933$420.97 $23.58
30MinnesotaMinneapolis425,096$416.66 $21.27
31MontanaBillings119,960$411.70 $87.79
32KentuckyLouisville624,444$406.95 $91.75
33OklahomaOklahoma City694,800$401.48 $54.82
34OhioColumbus907,971$392.59 $51.11
35MichiganDetroit620,376$392.16 $65.04
36New JerseyNewark305,344$390.89 $47.12
37WisconsinMilwaukee563,305$383.80 ($2.17)
38IndianaIndianapolis880,621$382.62 $64.59
39NevadaLas Vegas656,274$382.16 $88.73
40MissouriKansas City509,297$377.06 $64.43
41KansasWichita396,192$372.42 $111.07
42IdahoBoise236,634$371.54 $90.42
43MississippiJackson145,995$367.52 ($55.81)
44ArizonaPhoenix1,644,409$367.15 $64.35
45VirginiaVirginia Beach455,618$362.00 $63.99
46UtahSalt Lake City204,657$359.65 $77.42
47New HampshireManchester115,141$357.33 $174.33
48IowaDes Moines211,034$351.80 $4.75
49West VirginiaCharleston47,129$347.40 ($79.79)
50ArkansasLittle Rock202,864$343.15 $60.69
51WyomingCheyenne64,610$335.97 ($9.65)

The data is based on 2023 food prices and 2022 census population numbers. 

*Price change shows the difference in food prices in 2023 compared to 2022.

Joe Roberts
Written by
Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts is a professional writer with a degree in writing studies and over four years of copywriting experience. He previously worked at Overstock.com, where he wrote about furniture, home decor, and moving. Joe has moved all over Utah, so he knows his way around a moving truck—and he spends his time (and money) expanding his personal library so it will be even heavier next time he moves.