Slide Show | June 2012
10 Best Cities for Affordable Summer Cookouts
To compile our list of the best cities for cheap summer cookouts, we looked at metropolitan areas with an above-average number of sunny days during the summer and populations over 50,000. In the typical U.S. city, the sun shines 66.5% of the time between June and August, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
We turned to the Council for Community and Economic Research, which tracks living expenses across the U.S., to calculate the cost of cookout staples. Specifically, we looked at the prices of a pound of 80% lean ground beef ($3.08, on average), an 11.5-ounce bag of potato chips ($3.51), a two-liter bottle of soda ($1.52) and a six-pack of beer ($8.39). The total cost for the average U.S. city adds up to $16.50. The price tags for these cookout staples in the ten cities that made our cut came in from 4.6% to 14.6% lower. 10 Best Cities for Affordable Summer Cookouts