This Study Reveals the Cost of a Turkey in Every State and the Results Are Shocking

published Nov 23, 2022
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Turkey Tenderloin, roasted and sliced in two rows, on a rounded wooden platter with a rosemary and sage garnish
Credit: Shilpa Uskokovic

Widely considered to be the most important part of a Thanksgiving meal, turkey is traditionally the centerpiece of the entire meal. As such, finding the right size turkey for your guests is an intricate, yet daunting part in the success of your meal. And finding one within your budget? Even more of a task.

As supply chain issues continue to take control of our shopping experiences, it’s easy to find the same bird priced differently from store to store — and more specifically, state to state. Don’t believe me? Just ask Finance Buzz.

Recently releasing a study that compared the cost of turkey state-by-state, the finance-based site’s findings have produced some truly interesting results. As revealed in the study, this year, Americans will pay an average of $34.15 for a 15-pound turkey, roughly $2.28 per pound with the most expensive birds being found in both Alaska and Hawaii at $50.35 and $49.85, respectively. South Carolina is close behind in second place with the average cost being $38.85, while Mississippians will find themselves paying the least, spending an average of just $26.35.

Credit: Finance Buzz

Overall, with the average cost per pound varying from state to state, Americans this year will most definitely be flexing their budget in order to get the bird they desire. And with the cost of goods on the rise, plus the pressure to provide for friends and family ever present, it comes as no surprise that this year, some families may be forced to find alternative plans for the most fundamental part of the Thanksgiving meal. 

You can check out the full report here and for those looking to pick up a cost-effective meal for the big day, both Target and Lidl are offering Thanksgiving dinner for less than $30. Happy holidays!