Metro Areas With the Highest Food Prices for Singles!

Because of growing food prices, the U.S. inflation rate is soaring. Consumers across the country are feeling the pinch as food prices have risen by an average of 8% in the past year.

In 2022, a single adult may expect to spend $3,404 on food, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a non-profit research tank.

In many major metropolitan areas, consumers are paying thousands of dollars more than the estimated national average for food, which varies widely across the country.

We’ve taken a look at the countries where groceries are the most and least expensive, respectively.

Based on EPI’s Family Budget Calculator, 24/7 Wall St. selected the 50 most food-expensive metropolitan areas in the United States.

Highest Food Prices

Assuming that a single adult eats a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, the predicted 2022 food expenditure for each metro area is used to determine the rankings.

Cities with greater rates of food insecurity – defined as a percentage of the population who cannot always afford or otherwise get well-balanced meals – tend to score higher even when food costs are the same.

Estimated annual food prices range from $3,600 to more than $5,000 in the metro regions on this list. The Northeast has the most metro areas on this list, while California has the most, with nine. Residents’ limited financial resources are often reflected in higher food prices in these areas.

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The median household income in most of these cities is higher than the $64,994 national average. Each state’s middle-class income requirements are listed below.

High wages in these metro regions are usually enough to offset increased food expenditures, as the share of households getting SNAP benefits, or food stamps are below the national recipiency rate of 12.1 percent in most of these places.

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