How much does food cost in Florida compared to the nation?

Samuel Stebbins, 24/7 Wall St. via The Center Square

Inflation is skyrocketing in the United States – largely due to rising food prices. In cities across the country, food is now 8% more expensive on average than it was a year ago, and American families are feeling the pinch.

According the Institute of Economic Policy, a nonprofit think tank, a family of four — two adults and two children — can expect to pay about $9,835 in food in 2022. That amount, however, varies across the country.

In Florida, a family of four can expect to spend an average of $10,385 on food in 2022, the 12th highest amount among states, according to EPI’s Family Budget Calculator. This amount assumes a nutritionally adequate diet for two adults and two children where almost all food is purchased at the grocery store and prepared at home.

Food costs depend in part on what residents can afford, and states with higher food costs also often have above-average family incomes, and vice versa. Florida, however, is an exception. Although food costs are higher than average in Florida, incomes are not. The typical family in the state earns $69,670 a year, compared to the national average of $80,069.

Florida residents are more likely to rely on government assistance for shopping than the average American. An estimated 13.9% of the state’s population relies on SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps, compared to the national rate of 12.1% of SNAP recipients.

The food cost figures in this story are 2022 estimates from the PPE and the figures for family income and SNAP recipients are five-year estimates from the US Census Bureau’s 2020 American Community Survey.

Rank State East. avg. annual food costs, family of 4 ($) Median family income ($) SNAP recipient rate (%)
1 Hawaii $14,042 $97,813 11.80%
2 Massachusetts $11,674 $106,526 12.50%
3 Maine $11,480 $76,192 13.50%
4 Vermont $11,430 $83,023 11.50%
5 New York $11,180 $87,270 15.20%
6 Connecticut $10,910 $102,061 12.40%
seven Rhode Island $10,834 $89,330 15.90%
8 New Hampshire $10,832 $97,001 7.40%
9 New Jersey $10,750 $104,804 9.10%
ten California $10,543 $89,798 10.20%
11 Washington $10,525 $92,422 12.00%
12 Florida $10,385 $69,670 13.90%
13 Colorado $10,384 $92,752 8.00%
14 Maryland $10,293 $105,790 10.80%
15 Oregon $10,175 $80,630 16.00%
16 Delaware $10,169 $84,825 11.50%
17 Virginia $10,064 $93,284 8.50%
18 Nevada $9,990 $74,077 12.70%
19 Minnesota $9,936 $92,692 8.40%
20 Wyoming $9,917 $81,290 5.90%
21 Pennsylvania $9,903 $80,996 13.90%
22 North Dakota $9,824 $86,798 7.30%
23 Idaho $9,786 $70,885 10.00%
24 Montana $9,782 $72,773 10.10%
25 Louisiana $9,748 $65,427 15.80%
26 Alabama $9,631 $66,772 13.70%
27 Tennessee $9,595 $68,793 13.10%
28 South Dakota $9,546 $77,042 9.50%
29 Georgia $9,507 $74,127 12.80%
30 Alaska $9,419 $92,648 12.90%
31 Mississippi $9,350 $58,923 15.20%
32 Kansas $9,341 $77,620 7.80%
33 Arizona $9,338 $73,456 11.20%
34 New Mexico $9,297 $62,611 17.70%
35 Illinois $9,274 $86,251 13.10%
36 North Carolina $9,267 $70,978 12.50%
37 Utah $9,239 $84,590 6.90%
38 Oklahoma $9,223 $67,511 13.40%
39 Missouri $9,104 $72,834 11.10%
40 Caroline from the south $9,086 $68,813 11.70%
41 Nebraska $9,081 $80,125 8.70%
42 Wisconsin $9,058 $80,844 10.90%
42 Michigan $9,058 $75,470 13.50%
44 Ohio $8,904 $74,391 13.30%
45 Iowa $8,885 $79,186 10.60%
46 Arkansas $8,838 $62,067 12.20%
47 Texas $8,660 $76,073 12.10%
48 West Virginia $8,634 $61,707 17.10%
49 Indiana $8,544 $73,265 9.80%
50 Kentucky $8,527 $65,893 13.60%