Living in New York City means I’m constantly surrounded by food. From amazing restaurants to all sorts of supermarkets ranging from gourmet/specialty to Latin, East Asian and Indian, there’s food everywhere, and eating in this part of world can get pretty pricey. Even our “cheap eats” aren’t really all that cheap. But, it’s something I’ve come to accept as part of living in a city with exorbitant costs..
Looking at this series of charts/graphs brought to you by the USDA Economic Research Service, it’s pretty clear that a lower cost of of living or lower incomes in an area, don’t always correlate with lower food costs. For example, Americans spend 11% of their income on food, this includes eating out, while Cameroonians spend 45.9%, nearly half their income.