NEW YORK — The cost of living is higher here in the United States than anywhere else in the world, according to a new study released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said the average cost of food in the U, as a percentage of national income, is the highest in the developed world.
The average U.K. household spends more on food than in all but five other countries.
But the U:s food price index, based on prices at grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies and food banks, is more than four times the OECD average.
New York has the highest median household income, at $58,726.
But even with that, the U is the world’s most expensive place to live.
“The price of a single cup of coffee in New York is a bit high compared to the U., but the price of that coffee is actually very low,” said Paul Dallenbach, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley, and lead author of the new report.
The report said prices in New England were the most expensive in the country.
Dallensbach’s analysis looked at prices in stores and restaurants, as well as food banks and other non-profits.
“We have to keep in mind that food is expensive.
But when you’re talking about the prices of a cup of joe in the New England, that is really a low-cost product,” Dallenberg said.
“People are trying to eat healthy and that is what they would buy if they could,” he added.
A cup of beans, rice and noodles costs about $2.20 in New Hampshire, $3.30 in Vermont, $4.50 in Maine, $5.40 in Massachusetts, $6.20 and $7.50 at the grocery store in Connecticut, according the report.
In the U S., the average price for a bag of rice and beans was $2 in the Northeast and $2 at the national average.
But that’s down from $3 and $4 at the same prices in the Midwest, said Dallenders.
New Hampshire was the most affordable U. S. state, with an average price of $4 per pound of rice.
Vermont had the highest price of food at $2 per pound in New Mexico, and the lowest price in Maine.
“If you were to go into any other part of the country, the cost of eating is higher,” Dalla said.
Dalla pointed out that while New York, Maine and Vermont are among the most populated states in the nation, their residents are more likely to be white and middle-class than residents of many other states.
“So, the costs of eating are higher than people in other states, especially in these areas where the population is more middle- and upper-class,” he said.