It’s not often that New Jersey makes a list for “most affordable” anything, so this study caught my eye. It seems that when it comes to getting your morning cup of joe, New Jersey is a pretty cheap place to do it.

The data were compiled by a website, SavingSpot, using prices culled from over 10,000 coffee shops throughout the USA.

While New Jersey isn’t the absolute cheapest place for a cup of coffee, we’re pretty close. The state with the least expensive average cup of joe is Iowa at $1.38, and New Jersey is right behind at $1.54. So much for things costing more in the Northeast.

The most expensive state for coffee is Washington; the average cup there is $3.46, but given their reputation, it is probably a pretty solid cup of coffee. In the city of Seattle, that number rises to $3.92.

When it comes to the number of coffee shops per capita, New Jersey doesn’t really stand out; we have approximately 10 shops per 100,000 people, compared to 41 in Hawaii on one end and 3 in Ohio on the other end. Other noticeably caffeinated states include Colorado (29 shops per 100k), California and Oregon (24.3) and Washington (23.8).

The folks as SavingSpot even broke it down to what percentage of the state’s hourly wage was represented in each cup of coffee. We in New Jersey came off looking pretty good there, too, at just 6.7% of median hourly pay going to purchase a cup of coffee; only Rhode Island was more affordable at 6.6%.

Louisiana had the highest percent of their median hourly wage included in the average cup of coffee: 17.7%, but again, if it’s in New Orleans, I’m thinking it might be worth it. They are known for their chicory coffee.

It’s nice to know we’re not the most expensive at everything.

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