This Week in Data: Thanksgiving Edition

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this week we’re taking a look at average consumer prices calculated for food, compliments of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This dataset is one of the components of the Consumer Price Index (CPI). While there isn’t data available for some key Turkey Day ingredients like pumpkin and butter, we’ve put together a little shopping list to represent a (somewhat) traditional holiday spread. To give you some perspective, we’ve also included prices from November 2000.

* Note: values are U.S. city averages priced per lb.

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TURKEY
First things first, no Thanksgiving is complete without a turkey.
2000: $0.981
2016: $1.692

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Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to come together. And sometimes, certain family members have a different opinions on topics like who should be the next president. For that, there is always wine.

WINE
Red or white table wine, any origin
2000: $5.539
2016: $12.498

Speaking of wine, if you’re drinking the domestic variety, there’s a good chance it came from California. If we take a look at the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau’s list of wine producer and blender permits, the state of CA takes a staggering lead with 4,329.

The other nine states on the top ten list include:

  –     Washington, 980
  –     Oregon, 596
  –     New York, 503
  –     Texas, 475
  –     Michigan, 351
  –     Virginia, 324
  –     Pennsylvania, 311
  –     Ohio, 282
  –     Missouri, 206

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Then come the sides. As this piece on the Thanksgiving recipes Googled in Every State shows, this category really varies across the country. Surely we can all agree there are some staples like potatoes though. And dressing. Or is it stuffing?

POTATOES
Mashed, with lots of butter, please
2000: $0.351
2016: $0.691

RICE
A la carte or a la casserole, you decide
2000: $0.262
2016: $0.697

WHITE BREAD
For dressing, unless you use cornbread (you should!)
2000: $0.953
2016: $1.343

BROCCOLI
For broccoli cheese casserole, of course
2000: $1.085
2016: $1.615

CHEDDAR CHEESE
See above — an essential for most casseroles
2000: $3.862
2016: $5.352

ICEBERG LETTUCE
Does anyone actually leave room for salad?
2000: $0.774
2016: $0.949

TOMATOES
See above
2000: $1.503
2016: $1.994

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And just before nap time comes a slice (or three) of pie. Sadly, pumpkin and pecan were not included in this dataset.

SUGAR
2000: $0.413
2016: $0.630

FLOUR
2000: $0.262
2016: $0.523

EGGS (dozen)
2000: $0.902
2016: $1.390

WHOLE MILK
2000: $2.753
2016: $3.292

APPLES
2000: $0.833
2016: $1.430

Want to peruse the rest of the data (and thousands of other datasets)? Hop on over to Enigma Public and explore.