Special Report

States Where People Can't Afford a Big Mac

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41. Tennessee
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $4.19
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $4.11, 20.2% lower than avg price – 16th lowest
> Disposable income, 2021: $50,292, 9.7% lower than national avg – 18th lowest
> Cost of living, 2020: 7.8% lower than national avg – 15th lowest
> Population: 6,772,268

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40. Wisconsin
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $4.21
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $4.19, 18.6% lower than avg price – 20th lowest
> Disposable income, 2021: $51,663, 7.2% lower than national avg – 23rd lowest
> Cost of living, 2020: 6.8% lower than national avg – 23rd lowest
> Population: 5,806,975

39. Indiana
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $4.21
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $4.11, 20.2% lower than avg price – 16th lowest
> Disposable income, 2021: $50,264, 9.7% lower than national avg – 17th lowest
> Cost of living, 2020: 7.5% lower than national avg – 20th lowest
> Population: 6,696,893

38. Massachusetts
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $4.21
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $4.87, 5.4% lower than avg price – 8th highest
> Disposable income, 2021: $69,137, 24.2% higher than national avg – 2nd highest
> Cost of living, 2020: 7.4% higher than national avg – 6th highest
> Population: 6,873,003

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37. Arkansas
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $4.24
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $3.95, 23.3% lower than avg price – 2nd lowest
> Disposable income, 2021: $46,278, 16.9% lower than national avg – 7th lowest
> Cost of living, 2020: 10.8% lower than national avg – 3rd lowest
> Population: 3,011,873

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