These Are the Best and Worst US Cities for Foodies on a Budget

GOBankingRates identified the best and worst cities to enjoy good food without breaking the bank

Las Vegas and Long Beach, Calif. are the best cities to live if you are looking for affordable food options, found a new study by personal finance website GOBankingRates.

According to the study, Seattle is the worst city for foodies on a budget. The city has the fifth-highest cost of groceries in the country, and 16.45 percent of residents have low access to grocery stores. The cost of a three-course meal runs at about $65 per person.

For more details on methodology and to view the full study, please visit: Most and Least Affordable Cities for Foodies

Best Cities for Food Affordability

  1. Las Vegas
  • Average cost of groceries (monthly): $284.56
  • Average cost of a meal at a cheap restaurant: $15.00
  • Average cost of a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant: $50.00
  • Percent population with low access to grocery stores: 10.57 percent
  1. Long Beach
  • Average cost of groceries (monthly): $355.60
  • Average cost of a meal at a cheap restaurant: $15.00
  • Average cost of a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant: $50.00
  • Percent population with low access to grocery stores: 6.34 percent
  1. Phoenix
  • Average cost of groceries (monthly): $264.23
  • Average cost of a meal at a cheap restaurant: $13.50
  • Average cost of a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant: $50.00
  • Percent population with low access to grocery stores: 13.39 percent

Worst Cities for Food Affordability

  1. Seattle
  • Average cost of groceries (monthly): $393.76
  • Average cost of a meal at a cheap restaurant: $15.00
  • Average cost of a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant: $65.00
  • Percent population with low access to grocery stores: 16.45 percent
  1. New Orleans
  • Average cost of groceries (monthly): $338.69
  • Average cost of a meal at a cheap restaurant: $18.00
  • Average cost of a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant: $59.00
  • Percent population with low access to grocery stores: 16.8 percent
  1. Minneapolis
  • Average cost of groceries (monthly): $388.40
  • Average cost of a meal at a cheap restaurant: $15.00
  • Average cost of a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant: $50.00
  • Percent population with low access to grocery stores: 26.62 percent

Additional Insights

  • Portland ranks No. 5 on the list of best cities for foodies. Although Portland’s groceries aren’t cheap (an average cost of $353.19 per month), fewer than 10 percent of residents have low access to grocery stores.
  • If you are looking to dine out, Dallas offers many affordable restaurant options. The average inexpensive meal out runs only $12, and a mid-tier, three-course meal averages $50 per person.

Source: Go Banking Rates/PR Newswire

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