Hawaii and Alaska pay more for Thanksgiving feasts

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Posted: Nov 21, 2014 2:53 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — Residents of Hawaii pay the highest prices in the nation for their tasty birds and fixings on Thanksgiving, and Alaska feasts are almost as expensive.

That's according to an analysis by the personal finance website NerdWallet.

Most food has to be flown or shipped into both states.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported (http://goo.gl/6HhPO2) Friday that Hilo and Honolulu were the top two most expensive markets out of 264 examined in the study.

Kodiak, Alaska, took third place and Juneau, Alaska, took fifth place behind Truckee, California.

The findings were based on a study by the American Farm Bureau that included a shopping list of turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a tray of carrots and celery. It also included a pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee and milk.

The study pegged the national average at $49.41 for 2014. But Hilo residents would pay $79.11 for the feast while Honolulu dwellers would pay $76.73, according to NerdWallet.

Kodiak residents would pay $65.12 for their turkey dinners, while Juneau feasters would dine for $65.07.

Fairbanks clocked in at number 11 and Anchorage held the number 12 spot, behind parts of New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The largest price increases this year were for sweet potatoes, dairy products and pumpkin pie mix, according to the Farm Bureau.

While many things are bigger in Texas, the price tag for holiday groceries is not. The Longhorn state dominated the list of cheapest places to prepare a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com