Special Report

States Where People Can't Afford a Big Mac

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6. Delaware
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $4.86
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $4.63, 10.1% lower than avg price – 13th highest
> Disposable income, 2021: $51,916, 6.7% lower than national avg – 24th lowest
> Cost of living, 2020: 2.1% lower than national avg – 22nd highest
> Population: 967,679

5. New Jersey
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $5.00
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $5.19, 0.8% higher than avg price – 4th highest
> Disposable income, 2021: $64,258, 15.4% higher than national avg – 5th highest
> Cost of living, 2020: 11.2% higher than national avg – 3rd highest
> Population: 8,885,418

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4. Arizona
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $5.01
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $4.43, 14.0% lower than avg price – 22nd highest
> Disposable income, 2021: $48,732, 12.5% lower than national avg – 10th lowest
> Cost of living, 2020: 0.9% lower than national avg – 20th highest
> Population: 7,174,064

3. Maryland
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $5.04
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $5.03, 2.3% lower than avg price – 6th highest
> Disposable income, 2021: $59,105, 6.2% higher than national avg – 14th highest
> Cost of living, 2020: 6.5% higher than national avg – 8th highest
> Population: 6,037,624

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2. New York
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $5.08
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $5.23, 1.6% higher than avg price – 3rd highest
> Disposable income, 2021: $63,161, 13.5% higher than national avg – 8th highest
> Cost of living, 2020: 10.2% higher than national avg – 5th highest
> Population: 19,514,849

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