Special Report

States Where People Can't Afford a Big Mac

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31. Montana
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $4.34
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $4.27, 17.1% lower than avg price – 23rd lowest
> Disposable income, 2021: $50,596, 9.1% lower than national avg – 20th lowest
> Cost of living, 2020: 7.6% lower than national avg – 18th lowest
> Population: 1,061,705

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30. North Carolina
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $4.35
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $4.15, 19.4% lower than avg price – 19th lowest
> Disposable income, 2021: $48,792, 12.4% lower than national avg – 11th lowest
> Cost of living, 2020: 8.2% lower than national avg – 13th lowest
> Population: 10,386,227

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29. Illinois
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $4.36
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $4.55, 11.7% lower than avg price – 16th highest
> Disposable income, 2021: $58,438, 5.0% higher than national avg – 15th highest
> Cost of living, 2020: 0.5% higher than national avg – 17th highest
> Population: 12,716,164

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28. Colorado
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $4.36
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $4.59, 10.9% lower than avg price – 14th highest
> Disposable income, 2021: $60,344, 8.4% higher than national avg – 10th highest
> Cost of living, 2020: 2.9% higher than national avg – 12th highest
> Population: 5,684,926

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27. Washington
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $4.36
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $4.67, 9.3% lower than avg price – 11th highest
> Disposable income, 2021: $64,004, 15.0% higher than national avg – 7th highest
> Cost of living, 2020: 7.4% higher than national avg – 7th highest
> Population: 7,512,465

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