How Much It Costs To Buy A Gallon Of Milk In Each State

By Kathy Morris - Mar. 1, 2021

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Got milk?

For many milk is a grocery staple. However, depending upon where you live, the cost can fluctuate dramatically. According to the USDA, the average gallon of whole milk is $3.59 a gallon.

Keep reading to see how your state stacks up– and how we determined this.

Where Milk Is Most Expensive

  1. Hawaii
  2. Alaska
  3. Alabama
  4. Louisiana
  5. Mississippi
  6. Maine
  7. Texas
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. Vermont
  10. Delaware

All of the 10 states pay over $3 for a gallon of milk. In fact Hawaii, the most expensive state, comes in at nearly 5 bucks.

Where Milk Is Cheapest

  1. Illinois
  2. Connecticut
  3. Ohio
  4. Indiana
  5. Idaho
  6. Michigan
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Iowa
  9. New York
  10. Washington

The 10 states above all have milk prices below $2. Midwestern states seem to have a slight edge when it comes to milk prices, including Dairy powerhouses Wisconsin.

How We Determined This — And What It Means

The data featured in the article comes from Ballotpedia.

Ballotpedia determined the the cost of one gallon of Great Value 2% Reduced Fat Milk at a Walmart located in each state’s capital. With the exception of Alaska, who’s capital Juneau has no Wal-Mart, so Anchorage was used instead.

The table below provides complete data on the cost of one gallon of milk in each of the states. Unless otherwise noted, all prices reflect the cost of one gallon of Great Value 2% Reduced Fat Milk at a Walmart located in each state’s capita

Since Wal-Mart often offers cheaper prices than gas stations, convenience stores, and premium chains, this price may not reflect the price you see at the cash register.

Similarly, a Wal-Mart in or near the capital city was chosen– since more densely populated areas often have higher prices, a shopper in a rural city may see a lower sticker price.

Ultimately, this is not a good dataset for determining personal expenses. After all, you now very well how much a gallon of milk costs you. For that matter, you may not drink 2% milk, or milk at all.

However, it is useful to see- from the top down- general trends.

Average Price Of Milk In Every State

State Cost
Alabama $3.75
Alaska $3.78
Arizona $1.98
Arkansas $2.99
California $2.69
Colorado $2.29
Connecticut $1.35
Delaware $3.19
Florida $3.07
Georgia $2.69
Hawaii $4.69
Idaho $1.69
Illinois $0.93
Indiana $1.49
Iowa $1.92
Kansas $1.99
Kentucky $2.19
Louisiana $3.65
Maine $3.48
Maryland $2.25
Massachusetts $2.19
Michigan $1.89
Minnesota $2.79
Mississippi $3.59
Missouri $2.27
Montana $2.98
Nebraska $3.13
Nevada $2.99
New Hampshire $2.69
New Jersey $2.83
New Mexico $2.09
New York $1.97
North Carolina $2.60
North Dakota $2.93
Ohio $1.48
Oklahoma $2.59
Oregon $2.47
Pennsylvania $3.40
Rhode Island $2.69
South Carolina $2.39
South Dakota $2.99
Tennessee $2.59
Texas $3.48
Utah $2.18
Vermont $3.28
Virginia $2.07
Washington $1.97
West Virginia $1.99
Wisconsin $1.89
Wyoming $1.99

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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