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The results of this study, using store surveys and advertised price comparisons, showed that the cost of food-at-home items is higher in Bangor than in Boston. In addition to higher average prices in Bangor for many items, the total average expenditure for the group of food items is 4% higher in Bangor. Although it is clear that the cost of food is higher in Bangor, the study made no attempt to determine any of the causes of the cost differentia1. Two possible reasons might be the distance of Bangor from some of the major food suppliers and the difference in existing competition between Bangor and Boston.
Maine Agricultural Experiment Station
Food prices, Bangor, Maine, Boston, Massachusetts
Agricultural and Resource Economics
MacKinnon, A.W., B.G. Marsh, J.C. Dean, and R.E. Vizard. 1966. A comparison of food prices in Boston, Massachusetts and Bangor, Maine: December, 1965. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 641.