TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) --- A little good news for beer lovers. Turns out the Kansas is the cheapest place west of the Mississippi you get a beer – actually 24 of them – a new survey found. In fact, the Sunflower State is pretty cheap no matter where you are.
According to SimplyThrifty.com, Kansas ranks fifth overall in its survey of the average prices for a case of beer. And, at $16.07, that 24-pack costs at least a buck less, on average, in Kansas than any of the state’s neighbors and more than $10 less than not-that-far-away Wyoming ($26.68).
Illinois led the list at $15.20 a case, followed by South Carolina ($15.32), New York ($15.98), and Rhode Island (also $15.98). Thanks to $1.50 jump for every 24-pack, 2017’s cheapest state, Michigan, ended up in a fifth-place tie with Kansas.
At the other end of the spectrum, a case in Alaska will put the biggest dent in your wallet at $31.21 a case. Wyoming came in second, with Hawaii ($22.39), Montana ($22.28), and Tennessee ($22.25) rounding out the five most expensive states.
To calculate the cheapest states, SimplyThrifty got the price of a 24-pack of Bud Light and Miller Lite from national or regional retailers in up to ten zip codes. They said they picked those two brands because of their national popularity.