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Most Expensive Food Cities in the United States


Keeping up with new restaurants is a tasty but expensive hobby. And at-home culinary experiments, while cheaper than fine dining, can also get pricey. Americans spend about a third of their food budgets on restaurants (and about 10 percent of their disposable income on food), but the cost can vary greatly depending on where you live. Recently, WalletHub looked at 150 U.S. cities to find the most expensive—and most economical—food scenes across the country. Here’s what they found.

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Groceries cost the most in Honolulu (followed by Boston and New York) and the least in Houston (followed by San Antonio).

Overall, these cities were the most wallet friendly for foodies:

  • Orlando, FL
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Madison, WI
  • Boise, ID
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Reno, NV
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Austin, TX
  • Lexington, KY
  • Pittsburgh, PA

While these cities were the least:

  • Mobile, AL
  • Port St. Lucie, FL
  • New York, NY
  • Anchorage, AK
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Montgomery, AL
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Toledo, OH

Check out the full list to see where your city ranks!


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