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The cost of gifts in every U.S. state in 2017

Peter Terlato 15 December 2017 NEWS

Shoppers in the District of Columbia pay a whopping 289% more for gifts than the national average.

Shopping in the United States is hitting fever pitch as the holiday season gathers steam. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Green Monday and other online and in-store sales have tallied billions in gift giving expenses.

But some of us are spending significantly more than others when it comes to buying presents.

Millennial Personal Finance released the Gift Cost Index. The index gauges the typical cost of a gift in a given area. The cost of gifts are displayed relative to the national average (100). If a state’s index is at 50, that means the typical cost of a gift is 50% less than the average. A score of 200 means gifts cost twice as much.

Data gathering company Onboard Informatics calculated the index, drawing upon data sources provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. The gift index covers apparel, accessories, recreation, household furnishings, and more.

For example, buyers in the District of Columbia pay a whopping 289% more for gifts than the national average. Meanwhile, shoppers in West Virginia and Arkansas each pay 15% percent less than the national average.

While DC is an outlier, there are other states where the cost of giving gifts far exceeds the national average. Alaskans (95%), Hawaiians (47%), New Yorkers (45%) and residents of Michigan (43%) spend more than most.

Discover where your home state sits against others on the national rankings by searching the table below.

Rank State Gift Cost Index Difference From National Average
1 District of Columbia 389 289%
2 Alaska 195 95%
3 Hawaii 147 47%
4 New York 144 44%
5 Michigan 143 43%
6 New Jersey 134 34%
7 California 125 25%
8 Massachusetts 123 23%
9 Connecticut 123 23%
10 Maryland 121 21%
11 Vermont 114 14%
12 Utah 112 12%
13 South Carolina 110 10%
14 New Hampshire 108 8%
15 Illinois 105 5%
16 Virginia 104 4%
17 Rhode Island 104 4%
18 Texas 103 3%
19 Minnesota 103 3%
20 Alabama 103 3%
21 Delaware 102 2%
22 Indiana 102 2%
23 Mississippi 102 2%
24 Pennsylvania 102 2%
25 Washington 100 0%
26 Oregon 98 -2%
27 Idaho 98 -2%
28 Florida 97 -3%
29 Nevada 97 -3%
30 Georgia 96 -4%
31 North Carolina 95 -5%
32 Maine 95 -5%
33 Arizona 95 -5%
34 Iowa 95 -5%
35 New Mexico 95 -5%
36 Kansas 94 -6%
37 Nebraska 93 -7%
38 South Dakota 93 -7%
39 Louisiana 93 -7%
40 Colorado 93 -7%
41 Ohio 92 -8%
42 Wyoming 92 -8%
43 Oklahoma 91 -9%
44 Missouri 91 -9%
45 Montana 90 -10%
46 Wisconsin 90 -10%
47 North Dakota 89 -11%
48 Tennessee 88 -12%
49 Kentucky 87 -13%
50 Arkansas 85 -15%
51 West Virginia 85 -15%

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