Tracking soaring egg prices in the Midwest, other US regions

Cost of eggs up 60% in last year

Tracking the average cost of a carton of eggs in the U.S. from 2019 to the present using data from the consumer price index. Underlying egg photo by Erol Ahmed on Unsplash. (WDIV)

DETROIT – Eggs, a staple ingredient in American households, have soared to extreme prices -- without even hatching.

Jokes aside, the cost of eggs has more than doubled in the past year, putting strain on shoppers and businesses. By the end of 2022, a carton of a dozen grade A eggs cost $4.25 on average, according to the consumer price index. In December 2021, a carton cost $1.79 -- that’s a 138% increase in one year.

Prices are not equal everywhere, of course. In New York City, for example, eggs have recently been seen priced at an exorbitant $18 per carton, according to reports.

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The consumer price index shows that egg prices have risen 60% over the last year, driven by a number of factors, including the bird flu outbreak and hikes in the price of feed, fuel and labor.

Below, we’re tracking egg prices in the Midwest, Northeast U.S. and the South. In the graph, you can see how prices have changed from 2019 to the present.

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Note: The graph looks like it ends in October 2022, but it does not -- if you tap or scroll over the data points on the graph, you can see data from November and December, as well.

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