The rate of inflation when it comes to groceries depends on where you live

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If you want to save money, stay out of the frozen foods aisle

Unless you live entirely on what you grow, you no doubt got hit by 2022’s troubling inflation at the grocery store – the first time since 1979 that grocery inflation has had a double-digit annual increase.

On Thursday, the Labor Department will release the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for December but Datasembly’s 2022 Grocery Price Index Year-End Update reveals that the cost of groceries in 2022 surged a whopping 16.3%, compared to 2021 where we saw a 6.2% increase and 2020 which climbed only 1.1%.  

Who and what got hit?

While there wasn’t a zip code that didn’t get hit by grocery inflation, there were some areas and product lines that got hammered.

Frozen food had the highest percentage of inflation – a 21.3% increase. And for those who decided to drink away their inflationary concerns, they didn’t have to spend too much to do that because alcohol had the lowest increase of 4.2%

The highest rates of grocery price inflation across the states in 2022 were in Connecticut and Louisiana at 19.5% – mostly in Hartford/New Haven and New Orleans; Idaho at 19.3%; Iowa at 19.2%; and Mississippi at 19.0%

The states with the lowest rate of grocery price inflation in 2022 were North Carolina, where the rate was 14.6% in Raleigh/Durham and 14.8% in Charlotte.

Maryland had a grocery inflation rate of 14.6% while it was 15.4% in Maine and 15.1%  in Pennsylvania.

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