REVEALED: How Inflation Has Raised the Price of Your Big Mac: State-by-State Breakdown Reveals the Staggering Difference in the Cost of a McDonald’s
- A Big Mac in Hawaii will set you back $5.31, which is the most expensive in America, according to CashNetUSA data.
- The same burger in Mississippi is available for just $3.91 and is priced at $3.95 in Arkansas and $3.99 in Missouri, South Dakota, and Alabama.
- The average cost of a Big Mac in the US is $4.40, which is among the cheapest in 76 countries.
How far would you travel to get 25 percent off your Big Mac?
Prices vary significantly from state to state, and if you’re looking to get a bargain on your burger, you should head to Mississippi, which officially serves up the cheapest Big Mac of the 13,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the US – at $3.91.
The iconic sandwich is loved by fast food lovers across the country and is renowned for its consistent quality and flavor.
But Big Mac fans can expect to shell out as much as $5.31 for the same burger in Hawaii, as the state is the most expensive place in America to buy one, making it 25 percent more expensive than the same meal. in the Magnolia State. – according to data provided by CashNet USA.
Rising inflation has led to sharp increases in the prices of consumer goods across the country, and fast food chains are no different, with the iconic McDonald’s burger skyrocketing 125% since 1996.
There are more than 13,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the US, but the price of a Big Mac differs significantly from state to state
Not surprisingly, New York comes in second, with a Big Mac costing $5.23. Nearby New Jersey is slightly cheaper at $5.19, in fourth place is California at $5.11 and then Maryland at $5.03.
The second cheapest burger is available for $3.95 in Arkansas. And diners in Missouri, South Dakota and Alabama can grab their dinner for $3.99.
The central states also had some of the lowest prices for Big Macs, with the double burger on a bun going for $4.07 in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa.
Other states with Big Macs on the expensive side include Connecticut at $4.95 and Alaska and Massachusetts at $4.87.
There was a notable disparity in the southern states with prices ranging from $3.99 in Alabama to $4.39 in Texas and as high as $4.47 in Florida.
While inflation causes price differences there are two reasons: operating costs and labor costs, as different states have different laws on the minimum wage workers receive.
But the average cost of a Big Mac in the US is still among the cheapest of 76 countries at $4.40, a much better deal than in Europe. Switzerland and Liechtenstein, where the price of a Big Mac can reach $7.75.
The most expensive item on the McDonald’s menu as a whole is in France, where a Triple Cheddar Double Beef Burger will set you back $15.70, while the Big Tasty Double Bacon in Switzerland and Lichtenstein is $13, 31.
The cost of a Big Mac in the US capital is $4.67, which is among the cheapest in 76 countries.
McDonald’s most expensive item is in France, where a triple cheddar double beef burger will set you back $15.70
The Big Mac cost just 45 cents when it first appeared in a Pennsylvania franchise in 1967 before it rolled out to all McDonald’s locations a year later.
It was invented by franchisee Jim Delligatti, who used it to feed steelworkers left hungry for the ordinary cheeseburger.
The Big Mac index was invented in 1986 by The Economist as a humorous way to examine whether different currencies around the world were at their “right level.”
It is based on the theory of purchasing power parity: the notion that identical goods in one country will cost the same in another once their exchange rate is applied.
Investors can use the index to show inflation over time and examine the strength of a country’s currency.
In 1996, the cost of a Big Mac was $2.36, which increased to $4.33 in June 2012, and the most recent data shows that a Big Mac now costs as much as $5.31.
The $2.95 price difference highlights the impact of inflation over the past 26 years.
McDonald’s has previously confirmed that prices are determined by franchise owners at the restaurant level and vary by location.