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The price of Thanksgiving dinner has increased by 20%: it is the most expensive here

(NEXSTAR) – Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Soon, families will gather to feast on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and more. But it will come at a pretty high price.

On Wednesday, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) reported a classic Thanksgiving feast for 10 people costs $64.05 this year, up 20% from last year’s average of $53.31. This is the highest average price for a Thanksgiving dinner in AFBF’s 37 years of conducting this survey.

It is partly driven by the turkey, of course. The holiday focal point is about 21% more expensive than last year, with Farm Bureau “voluntary buyers” finding the average price for a 16-pound bird is $28.96, or $1.81 per pound.

However, it may not be the price you see. Farm Bureau volunteer buyers fixed prices during the last two weeks of October. since then data The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service shows that turkey prices have fallen to $0.95 per pound over the past month.

To calculate the total cost of Thanksgiving dinner, AFBF looked at costs under 12 art: turkey, pumpkin pie mix, gallon of whole milk, veggie tray with carrots and celery, 12 rolls, two pie shells, green peas, fresh cranberries, whipping cream, sweet potatoes, diced stuffing, and other ingredients needed to make food Three additional items were counted separately: ham, hash browns, and green beans.

With the exception of cranberries (a 14% drop), each product grew by 8-69% year-over-year. Turkeys are nearly $5 more than last year, and cubed stuffing is up more than $1.50. In general, items other than the turkey cost less than $5 each. You can see a full breakdown of item costs here.

Where you live is also likely to affect how much you spend on your Thanksgiving feast. Regionally, AFBF estimated that a meal for 10 people would be cheapest in the South ($58.42) and most expensive in the West ($71.37). In states in the Northeast and Midwest, the cost of a meal is about average, at $64.02 and $64.26, respectively.

Residents in large metro areas also face higher Thanksgiving grocery bills than those in small and medium-sized cities, according to the data. analysis by MoneyGeek. They found that a full holiday dinner in Boston costs about twice as much as in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

There are only a few areas of the city included in the data set where you can prepare a full spread for less than $100, and many of them are in Texas.

According to MoneyGeek, the cities with the most expensive Thanksgiving meals this year are:

Rank Metro area average cost of food
1 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 170 dollars
2 City of Honolulu, HI 164 dollars
3 New York-Jersey City-White Plains, New York-New Jersey 161 dollars
4 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington 157 dollars
5 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 153 dollars
6 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA 152 dollars
7 Miami Fort Lauderdale Pompano Beach Florida 146 dollars
8 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 145 dollars
9 Tucson, Arizona 144 US dollars
10 Colorado Springs, Colorado 140 dollars
11 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 139 dollars
12 Lexington-Fayette, KY 135 dollars
13 Newark, New Jersey, Pennsylvania Metro Division. 135 dollars
14 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York 135 dollars
15 New Haven-Milford, Connecticut 135 dollars

Metro areas with the cheapest prices for a Thanksgiving feast:

Rank Metro area average cost of food
1 Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan 88 dollars
2 Waco, Texas 93 US dollars
3 Oklahoma City, OK 97 dollars
4 Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas 97 dollars
5 Killeen Temple, Texas 97 dollars
6 Milwaukee-Waukesha, Wisconsin 98 dollars
7 Kansas City, MO-KS 102 dollars
8 Lubbock, Texas 102 dollars
9 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana 103 US dollars
10 Corpus Christi, Texas 103 US dollars
11 South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 103 US dollars
12 Tulsa, okay 104 US dollars
13 Green Bay, Wisconsin 104 US dollars
14 Roanoke, Virginia 105 dollars
15 Lynchburg, Virginia 106 dollars

MoneyGeek’s estimate of the cost of the meal included a 10-pound turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, peas, corn, stuffing, pumpkin pie, drinks, and several other culinary items.

Higher prices for Thanksgiving menu items are due to several factors, e.g inflationthe war in Ukraine, supply chain issues and, for turkeys, a national outbreak of bird flu.


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