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Chamber of Commerce: Virginia top 10 most expensive state for Christmas trees

The national average for a real tree at six feet is just under $59, according to the study. Virginia has been ranked top 10 most expensive state for Christmas trees.

RICHMOND, Va. (WVEC) — In 2018, the price of Christmas trees in the United States varies immensely from one state to the next, according to a new study by the Chamber of Commerce.

The study surveyed Christmas tree farms across the country to find out what people are paying for the nearly 600-year tradition.

The national average for a real tree at six feet is just under $59, according to the study. New Yorkers are by far paying the most at $90. People in North Dakota pay the least at just $33 on average.

Virginia has been ranked the 7th most expensive state to purchase a Christmas tree with the average tree price of $71.

The 2008 recession and weather are being blamed for a possible Christmas tree shortage. Some growers blamed the 2008 recession since it takes 10 years to grow a seven-foot tree.

Hurricane Florence's destruction in North Carolina and the massive wildfires on the West coast have also been blamed for fewer trees and higher prices.

According to the University of Illinois, top tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, New York, and Virginia.

In the study, it explained that some vendors reported slightly raising prices, other claimed the supposed shortage didn’t affect them.

Click here to see the break down of Christmas tree prices per state.

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