Fast food is expensive in California, but these states are pricier

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

California ranks among the most expensive U.S. states for – well, pretty much everything. So it probably won’t come as a surprise that the Golden State is among the costliest in the nation when it comes to ordering fast food takeout.

A new study conducted by BravoDeal, an online coupons site, looked at the prices of specific menu items at four fast food chains: McDonald’s, Domino’s Pizza, Chick-fil-A and Taco Bell.

It found the most expensive takeout is in Hawaii, where a Domino’s medium cheese pizza costs an average of $18.99, a McDonald’s Big Mac is $5.31, a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich is $4.06, and a Taco Bell combo meal is $7.70.

California ranked fourth behind New York and New Jersey. The study found that in California, customers pay an average of $14.99 for a Domino’s medium cheese pizza, and a McDonald’s Big Mac costs $5.11.

The average cost of each food item was scored out of ten and averaged to produce the rankings.

Most expensive states to buy a takeaway: 

Rank State  Dominos Medium Cheese Pizza (Average Price $) McDonalds Big Mac (Average Price $) Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich (Average Price $) Taco Bell Combo Meal (Average Price $) Final Score  1 Hawaii 18.99 5.31 4.06 7.7 10 2 New York 14.49 5.23 4 7.58 7.96 3 New Jersey 13.99 5.19 3.96 7.53 7.56 4 California 14.99 5.11 3.9 7.41 7.48 5 Maryland 13.99 5.03 3.84 7.3 6.71 6 Alaska 15.99 4.87 3.72 7.06 6.56 7 Connecticut 14.49 4.95 3.78 7.18 6.46 8 Massachusetts 14.99 4.87 3.72 7.06 6.20 9 Washington 16.99 4.67 3.57 6.77 5.85 10 New Hampshire 13.99 4.83 3.69 7.01 5.64 Courtesy: BravoDeal

On the opposite end of the spectrum, BravoDeal found three southern U.S. states, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama, have the cheapest takeout fast food.

Cheapest states to buy a takeaway: 

Rank State  Dominos Medium Cheese Pizza (Average Price $) McDonalds Big Mac (Average Price $) Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich (Average Price $) Taco Bell Combo Meal (Average Price $) Final Score  1 Mississippi 13.49 3.91 2.99 5.67 0.54 2 Arkansas 12.99 3.95 3.02 5.73 0.57 3 Alabama 12.99 3.99 3.05 5.79 0.79 4 Nebraska 11.99 4.07 3.11 5.91 0.86 5 Kentucky 12.79 4.03 3.08 5.85 0.93 6 South Dakota 12.99 3.99 3.05 5.96 1.00 7 Iowa 12.99 4.07 3.11 5.91 1.22 Oklahoma 12.99 4.07 3.11 5.91 1.22 8 Ohio 13.99 4.03 3.08 5.85 1.36 9 North Dakota 12.99 4.11 3.14 5.96 1.42 10 Missouri 14.99 3.99 3.05 5.79 1.50 Courtesy: BravoDeal

Prices at many California fast-food restaurants have increased since the state boosted the minimum wage for quick-service restaurant workers from $16 to $20 an hour on April 1.

According to data from market research firm Datassential, fast food and fast-casual restaurants in the Golden State have raised menu prices by 10% overall.

Another analysis found Chick-fil-A raised prices by 10.6% between Feb. 15 and April 15, Starbucks raised them by 7.8%, Shake Shack by 7.7%, Chipotle by 6.9% and Taco Bell by 4.1%.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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