If you're sticking to tradition and erecting a live, fresh-cut Christmas tree for your home or business this year, be glad that you live in Michigan, because you're getting a much better deal here than in most other states in the union.
According to the organization Chamber of Commerce.com, the price of Christmas trees in America "varies immensely from one state to the next, sometimes by as much as two to three times more than elsewhere for the same tree."
The good news for Michigan is that vendors in the Great Lakes State sell Christmas trees for nearly 30-percent less than the national average, and -- in fact -- cost less than half (on average) than the most expensive state in the union.
Just in time for the holidays, the group Chamber of Commerce.com has released a study showing discrepancies that can be seen across the entire country, where the national average is just about $59 for a real, six-foot tree.
The findings and further details can be found by clicking the link below:
By examining the data obtained from Christmas tree farm surveys across every state in the continental US (plus Alaska), the Chamber of Commerce organization has come to the conclusion that the cost of bringing home the holiday spirit staple is going to impact some households more than others.
The study shows that New Yorkers pay the most, while North Dakotans pay the least.
The national average for a real tree at six feet is just under $59. New Yorkers are by far paying the most at $90. People in North Dakota pay the least at just $33 on average. The study pegs Michigan's average price at $42. At $40, Ohio is the only other state paying less than Michigan (along with North Dakota) while Alabama and Oklahoma both match Michigan's $42 average.
So, what’s causing some of these skyrocketing prices? Speculations about Christmas tree shortages have surfaced: people in related industries, as well as several news outlets, have reported rising prices due to impending shortages. There’s also speculation everyone’s favorite group to blame everything on, the Millennials, are creating a Christmas tree buying boom for Instagram-worthy holiday photos. Higher demand means higher prices.What is clear, however, is that this supposed shortage is not affecting all states equally (if at all).
Chamber of Commerce.org does not appear to be affiliated with any particular actual Chamber of Commerce at any level, claiming only, "We research products, write reviews, and create in-depth guides and how-tos on topics like ideation, marketing, financing, accounting, and human resources."