How Much A Loaf Of Bread Costs In Each State

By Kathy Morris
Aug. 29, 2022
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Loaf Of Bread Cost Research Summary

  • The state with the cheapest bread is New Jersey, where a loaf only costs $0.67.

  • The state with the most expensive bread is Hawaii, where a loaf costs $3.24.

  • The average American consumes 53 pounds of bread per year.

  • 99.8% of the US population consumes bread.

Got bread?

The average cost of a loaf of bread is $2.50, according to However, depending upon where you live, the cost can fluctuate dramatically.

Keep reading to see how much bread a basic loaf of white bread costs in your state on average– and how we determined this.

99.8% of Americans eat bread
Where Bread Is Most Expensive

  1. Hawaii
  2. Alaska
  3. Colorado
  4. Louisiana
  5. Maine
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Nebraska
  8. New Hampshire
  9. New Mexico
  10. South Dakota
  11. Wyoming
  12. Iowa

In all of the above states even the most basic bread will set you back more than $1. Unsurprisingly, expensive Hawaii will cost you the much. A loaf of bread in paradise comes in at $3.24, over 3x that of the cheaper states.

Where Bread Is Cheapest

  1. New Jersey
  2. California
  3. Kansas
  4. Minnesota
  5. Nevada
  6. North Dakota
  7. Oregon
  8. Washington
  9. Wisconsin

Here are the states where it takes the least cash to buy a loaf of bread. All are below .88 cents. New Jersey came in cheapest at a surprisingly low .67 cents.

How We Determined This — And What It Means

The data featured in the article comes from Walmart’s online shopping platform.

We used the price of a “Great Value White Round Top Bread Loaf, 20 oz, 22 Count” (one of the most common (and cheapest!) available breads) 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 loaf of bread in each of the states.

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 know very well how much a loaf of bread costs you. For that matter, you may not eat white bread at all, preferring a wheat or other type of bread.

In general, bread remains one of the cheaper staples to purchase- and far less volatile than milk or eggs.

It also overall a cheap lunch filler. That .88 cent loaf of walmart bread has 22 slices, or enough bread for 11 sandwiches if you’re willing to eat the end pieces. Toss some PBJ on that or bologna and you have a cheap, filling lunch to fuel you on your workday.

Average Price Of A Loaf Of Bread In Every State

State Cost
Alabama $0.88
Alaska $1.98
Arizona $0.88
Arkansas $0.88
California $0.84
Colorado $1.38
Connecticut $0.88
Delaware $0.88
Florida $0.88
Georgia $0.88
Hawaii $3.24
Idaho $0.88
Illinois $0.88
Indiana $0.88
Iowa $1.28
Kansas $0.84
Kentucky $0.88
Louisiana $1.38
Maine $1.38
Maryland $0.88
Massachusetts $1.38
Michigan $0.88
Minnesota $0.84
Mississippi $0.88
Missouri $0.88
Montana $0.88
Nebraska $1.38
Nevada $0.84
New Hampshire $1.38
New Jersey $0.67
New Mexico $1.38
New York $0.88
North Carolina $0.88
North Dakota $0.84
Ohio $0.98
Oklahoma $0.88
Oregon $0.84
Pennsylvania $0.88
Rhode Island $0.88
South Carolina $0.88
South Dakota $1.38
Tennessee $0.98
Texas $0.88
Utah $0.88
Vermont $0.88
Virginia $0.88
Washington $0.84
West Virginia $0.88
Wisconsin $0.84
Wyoming $1.38

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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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