The 10 least expensive states to go grocery shopping, ranked

A supermarket checkout at Vermont
On average, households spend less on groceries in states like Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska.Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images
  • The average American household spends $270.21 per week on groceries.

  • HelpAdvisor analyzed US census data to determine the least expensive states for grocery shopping.

  • Average weekly grocery bills are lowest in Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Grocery costs can vary widely depending on where you live.

According to US census data, the average American household spends $270.21 weekly on groceries. Even as supply-chain issues and inflation keep food costs high across the US, some states do have lower-than-average grocery bills due to factors such as the lower cost of living in different regions and varying labor and food distribution costs.

Using findings from the US Census Household Pulse Survey conducted in October 2023, the government benefits resource website HelpAdvisor ranked states in the continental US by their average weekly grocery bills.

Alaska and Hawaii were excluded from the ranking since most grocery items are imported, resulting in disproportionately higher prices.

Here are the 10 states with the lowest average grocery costs in the US.

10. Montana

Cars in Whitefish, Montana.
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In Montana, the average weekly grocery bill comes out to $246.42, which is $23.79 less than the national average.

9. Delaware

Wilmington Delaware
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Households in Delaware spend an average of $246.21 on groceries per week.

8. Missouri

The Gateway Arch, St Louis, Missouri.
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A week's worth of groceries adds up to an average of $244.43 in Missouri.

7. New Hampshire

Historic downtown aerial view at Market Square with historic buildings and North Church on Congress Street in city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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New Hampshire's weekly grocery spending averages $239.33 per household.

6. West Virginia

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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In West Virginia, the average household spends $239.24 on groceries every week.

5. Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana, skyline over Soliders' and Sailors' Monument at dusk.
Indianapolis, Indiana.Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

The average Indiana household spends $239.11 on grocery trips each week.

4. Michigan

Aerial view of Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan.
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In the state of Michigan as a whole, the average weekly grocery bill costs $236.38. The cost of living is higher in the city of Detroit, where the average household spends $247.95, making it the 14th most expensive city in the US for grocery spending.

3. Nebraska

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A view of Omaha's skyline from the Heartland of America Park.Paul Brady Photography/Shutterstock

The average weekly grocery bill per household in Nebraska is $235.12, making it the third-least expensive state for grocery shopping.

2. Iowa

des moines iowa
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Iowa features the second-lowest average grocery cost per household, totaling $227.32 for a week's worth of groceries.

1. Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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HelpAdvisor determined that Wisconsin is the least expensive state for grocery shopping. Households in "The Badger State" spend an average of $221.46 on food per week — nearly $50 below the national average.

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