The cost of housing may be a problem almost everywhere, but a Social Explorer analysis of data compiled by Easy Analytic Software Inc. finds food costs make up the larger share of total household expenditures on the Great Plains. Eight of the 10 counties where the most income went to food in 2020 were in the Dakotas or Oklahoma.
People in Todd County, S.D., had the highest food bill – 14 percent of all expenditures went to pay for food. It was followed by Oglala Lakota County, S.D. (13.9 percent) and Ziebach, S.D. (13.8 percent). The Kusilvak Census Area, Alaska, ranked third (13.8 percent), and Wolfe County, Ky. Ranked eighth (13.7 percent). To see how much food costs consume incomes in your county, use Social Explorer’s flexible, intuitive mapping tools.
Annual Food Expenditures, 2020. Click here to explore further.