It’s nice to splurge on a luxury bottle of booze every once in a while, but most of the time, you’ll find us enjoying our cheap favorites.
If beer is your alcohol of choice, you might be surprised to hear that you’ll pay a lot more for a 24-pack in Maryland than in South Carolina. Personal financial website Simple.Thrifty.Living released its annual analysis of beer prices nationwide this month, and the cost across the country varies widely.
Illinois is the cheapest state for a beer at $15.20 a case. South Carolina, New York, Rhode Island, Kansas, and Michigan round out the top five least-expensive places, all selling cases for less than an average of $17. A 24-pack will cost you the most in Alaska, where you can expect to pay an average of $31. Wyoming, Hawaii, Montana, and Tennessee round out the rest of the most expensive spots, with prices ranging from $22 to $27.
The company completed its analysis by looking at the cost of a 24-pack of Bud Light and Miller Lite at retailers in up to 10 zip codes in each state. The zip codes chosen were a mix of urban and rural areas too, and the numbers reflect prices only and do not reflect any additional taxes or fees.