Special Report

States Where People Can't Afford a Big Mac

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21. Alabama
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $4.51
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $3.99, 22.5% lower than avg price – 5th lowest
> Disposable income, 2021: $44,003, 21.0% lower than national avg – 3rd lowest
> Cost of living, 2020: 10.7% lower than national avg – 4th lowest
> Population: 4,893,186

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20. Michigan
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $4.52
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $4.27, 17.1% lower than avg price – 23rd lowest
> Disposable income, 2021: $49,427, 11.2% lower than national avg – 15th lowest
> Cost of living, 2020: 6.0% lower than national avg – 24th lowest
> Population: 9,973,907

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19. West Virginia
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $4.53
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $4.03, 21.7% lower than avg price – 8th lowest
> Disposable income, 2021: $43,537, 21.8% lower than national avg – 2nd lowest
> Cost of living, 2020: 12.0% lower than national avg – 2nd lowest
> Population: 1,807,426

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18. Mississippi
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $4.56
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $3.91, 24.1% lower than avg price – the lowest
> Disposable income, 2021: $41,916, 24.7% lower than national avg – the lowest
> Cost of living, 2020: 12.2% lower than national avg – the lowest
> Population: 2,981,835

17. Nevada
> “True cost” of a Big Mac considering income and price: $4.59
> Actual price of a Big Mac: $4.43, 14.0% lower than avg price – 22nd highest
> Disposable income, 2021: $52,198, 6.2% lower than national avg – 25th lowest
> Cost of living, 2020: 2.9% lower than national avg – 24th highest
> Population: 3,030,281

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