IL Residents Spend 8th Least on Groceries in U.S.


Overall, grocery prices are up nearly 25% since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, though certain items have seen even more significant upticks. This upward trend in food costs is particularly concerning for families on tight budgets, as food expenses represent a non-negotiable necessity.

Groceries account for the largest share of individual spending in a number of states where income is relatively low, or where grocery prices are especially high. However, even in regions where grocery spending constitutes a smaller portion of income, consumers still find themselves grappling with significant weekly food bills. In 37 states, consumers report weekly household grocery expenditures exceeding $250 on average.

Researchers calculated the share of total consumer spending allocated to groceries for each state, then ranked states accordingly. The full report also includes a complete breakdown of price increases for nearly 40 popular grocery store items since March 2020.

Here are the key takeaways from the report for Illinois:

  • The average Illinois household spends $269 on groceries each week.
  • On average, grocery spending represents 7.4% of Illinois residents’ total consumer spending.
  • Overall, Illinois residents dedicate the 8th smallest percentage of total consumer spending to groceries of any U.S. state.

Here is a link to the complete results of the analysis with data on all 50 U.S. states, as well as price changes for the most popular grocery store items. And here is a snapshot of the data table included in the full report, looking at the 15 states where residents spend the most on groceries:

StateRankGrocery share of total consumer spendingWeekly grocery spending (all households)Weekly grocery spending (1-person households)Weekly grocery spending (2-person households)Weekly grocery spending (3-person households)Weekly grocery spending (4-person households)Weekly grocery spending (5-person households)
West Virginia49.3%$239$161$221$242$269$296
New Mexico99.1%$286$167$251$273$339$407
South Carolina119.1%$254$164$228$260$275$323
United States8.0%$270$156$221$273$315$346

Original report can be found here: Grocery Store Items That Have Increased Most in Price (

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