At least shopping for food in Denver is cheaper than in the mountains

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Denver isn't the cheapest place to feed yourself.

In a new study, Apartment Guide looked at the cost of a typical cart of groceries -- steak, eggs, milk, cheese, margarine, bread, potatoes, cereal, orange juice and bananas -- in 256 communities across the United States and ranked them from cheapest to most expensive. Denver came in 79th.

Six of the 10 cheapest places were in Texas, with Temple, Texas the most affordable of all. At the other end, Honolulu was the most expensive, followed by Oakland, Calif. and Alaska's capital, Juneau.

In all, five Colorado communities were included in the study. Of those, Colorado Springs was the cheapest, coming in at No. 50. Denver was cheaper than the mountain community of Glenwood Springs at No. 198, Grand Junction at 195 and Westminster at 105.

Apartment Guide, an online real estate company, cited distance from where food is produced as well as from distribution centers and the overall cost of living as among the factors that contribute to the price of food.

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