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The United States of Beer

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Across the board, beer consumption in the United States has been slowly and steadily dropping since the early ’80s.

However, that fact doesn’t tell the whole story. Trends around beer consumption are anything but uniform, and the industry is evolving rapidly thanks to the craft beer boom in cities throughout the country.

Beer Consumption by State

Today’s infographic looks at regional beer consumption, as well as trends over the past half-decade.

United States of Beer

Pints of Interest

Beer is still the most popular alcoholic beverage in America, though that demand is not spread equally. Here are states and regions that stand out:

Utah
The Beehive State has unusually low levels of beer consumption for a couple of reasons. First, the state has a high population of Mormons (~60%), who mostly abstain from drinking alcohol. Secondly, Salt Lake City has unusual liquor laws that restrict the percentage of alcohol in beer to 4.0% ABV.

Despite these barriers, Utah’s beer consumption grew by 2.8% between 2012 and 2017 – the sixth highest growth rate in the country.

New Hampshire
Another outlier, though in the opposite direction, is New Hampshire. The state has no sales tax, a fact that beer drinkers in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maine are well aware of. It’s estimated that over 50% of the states alcohol sales are to out-of-state visitors. NH’s tax-free booze is such a big draw, that bootlegging has become a problem for states like New York.

Pacific Northwest
America’s West Coast – Oregon in particular – has been at the forefront of the craft beer revolution sweeping the country. Portland alone has over 100 craft brewers, and nearly double-digit growth in the past five years. In states like Oregon and Washington, demand shows no sign of slowing down.

The Full List

Here’s a complete table, that sums up beer consumption across the country, as per data from Wall St 24/7.

(Note: It’s currently sorted by % change over the last half-decade)

StatePer Capita Consumption (Gallons)Total Consumption (Millions of Gallons)Change ('12–'17)
Washington24.7135.69.1%
Oregon30.095.49.0%
Colorado28.3117.64.5%
Florida26.3423.14.5%
California25.1724.93.4%
Idaho25.931.52.8%
South Dakota38.223.72.8%
Utah18.738.12.8%
Nevada32.972.92.2%
South Carolina30.9115.02.2%
Montana39.430.81.4%
Texas31.8626.31.3%
Maine33.834.90.2%
Georgia24.0179.60.1%
Minnesota28.4115.40.1%
Kentucky23.677.1-0.8%
North Carolina25.0188.0-1.1%
Arizona26.6135.6-1.4%
Tennessee24.4120.8-1.6%
Nebraska33.345.3-1.7%
Alabama28.9103.7-2.3%
Wisconsin34.3147.1-2.4%
Hawaii28.530.6-2.9%
New York21.9327.5-2.9%
New Hampshire40.641.8-3.5%
New Jersey20.6138.0-3.5%
Virginia24.4152.7-3.6%
Michigan25.3186.7-3.8%
Illinois27.4259.4-3.9%
Iowa31.772.0-4.0%
Alaska26.014.0-5.1%
Massachusetts23.6121.9-5.7%
Vermont32.815.6-5.8%
Indiana23.4112.7-6.0%
Pennsylvania26.4254.1-6.5%
Mississippi30.966.6-6.7%
Arkansas23.752.0-6.8%
Ohio27.3234.7-6.9%
Missouri27.7125.6-7.2%
Kansas25.753.2-7.9%
Connecticut20.254.2-8.1%
Oklahoma25.170.7-8.1%
Delaware28.720.7-8.4%
New Mexico28.843.8-9.1%
Maryland20.290.1-9.6%
Rhode Island23.018.4-10.0%
North Dakota38.320.9-10.3%
Wyoming29.512.3-10.4%
Louisiana29.699.4-10.9%
West Virginia27.437.8-10.9%

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Mapped: The Income a Family Needs to Live Comfortably in Every U.S. State

Families in expensive states require over $270,000 annually to live comfortably.

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A map showing the income that two working adults with two children need to live comfortably in each U.S. state.

The Income a Family Needs to Live Comfortably in Every U.S. State

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Families in the top five most expensive U.S. states require an annual income exceeding $270,000 to live comfortably.

This visualization illustrates the income necessary for two working adults with two children to maintain a comfortable lifestyle in each state.

“Comfortable” is defined as the income needed to cover a 50/30/20 budget, with 50% allocated to necessities like housing and utilities, 30% to discretionary spending, and 20% to savings or investments.

The calculations for family income needed in each state were done by SmartAsset, using the cost of necessities sourced from the MIT Living Wage Calculator, last updated on Feb. 14, 2024.

Massachusetts Tops the List

Massachusetts is the most expensive state to live comfortably in, requiring a total family income of about $301,184. Hawaii ($294,611) comes in second, followed by Connecticut ($279,885).

Housing is one main reason Massachusetts is an expensive state to live in, particularly in the Boston area. In addition, the state also has a high cost of living, including expenses such as healthcare and utilities.

RankStateIncome for 2 working adults raising 2 children
1Massachusetts$301,184
2Hawaii$294,611
3Connecticut$279,885
4New York$278,970
5California$276,723
6Colorado$264,992
7Washington$257,421
8Oregon$257,338
9New Jersey$251,181
10Rhode Island$249,267
11Vermont$248,352
12Minnesota$244,774
13New Hampshire$244,109
14Alaska$242,611
15Maryland$239,450
16Nevada$237,286
17Virginia$235,206
18Illinois$231,962
19Arizona$230,630
20Pennsylvania$230,464
21Maine$229,549
22Delaware$228,966
23Wisconsin$225,056
24Utah$218,483
25Michigan$214,490
26Nebraska$213,075
27Georgia$212,826
28Montana$211,411
28Iowa$211,411
30Idaho$211,245
31North Carolina$209,331
31Ohio$209,331
33Florida$209,082
34Indiana$206,003
35New Mexico$203,923
36Wyoming$203,424
37Missouri$202,259
38North Dakota$202,176
39Texas$201,344
40South Carolina$200,762
41Kansas$196,768
42Tennessee$195,770
43Oklahoma$194,106
44Alabama$193,606
45South Dakota$192,608
46Kentucky$190,112
47Louisiana$189,613
48West Virginia$189,363
49Arkansas$180,794
50Mississippi$177,798

Meanwhile, Mississippi is the least expensive state for a family to live comfortably, requiring $177,798 per year. Arkansas ($180,794) comes in second, followed by West Virginia ($189,363). In common, all these states share low prices of housing.

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