WalletHub Finds You the Best and Worst U.S. Cities for Food Lovers in 2015

BestWorstFoodieCitiesTomorrow, October 16th is World Food Day. With nearly one-third of U.S. food dollars being spent on restaurant dining, personal finance website WalletHub has conducted a timely in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best and Worst Foodie Cities for Your Wallet.

WalletHub analyzed the 150 most populated cities across 18 key metrics, ranging from the cost of groceries to the number of restaurants per capita. The end result identified the most (and least) affordable culinary scenes in the U.S.

Some Statistical Highlights

  • The cost of groceries is two times higher in Honolulu than in Laredo, Texas
  • The number of restaurants per capita is two times higher in San Francisco than in Laredo, Texas
  • The ratio of full-service restaurants to fast-food establishments is three times higher in Santa Rosa, California, than in Jackson, Mississippi
  • The number of coffee and tea shops per capita is 39 times higher in Seattle than in Laredo, Texas
  • The number of gourmet specialty-food stores per capita is 11 times higher in Honolulu than in North Las Vegas
  • The number of grocery stores per capita is 11 times higher in Cincinnati than in Santa Clarita, California

So, as far as giving food lovers a bang for their buck, here are the Top 10 U.S. cities:

Best Foodie Cities for Your Wallet
1 Portland, OR
2 Orlando, FL
3 San Francisco, CA
4 Oakland, CA
5 Seattle, WA
6 Cincinnati, OH
7 Santa Rosa, CA
8 Tampa, FL
9 Rochester, NY
10 Miami, FL

…and as for those cities were named cream of the crop or bottom of the barrel :

Worst Foodie Cities for Your Wallet
141    Fayetteville, NC
142    Ontario, CA
143    Columbus, GA
144    Montgomery, AL
145    Shreveport, LA
146    Peoria, AZ
147    Jackson, MS
148    Fontana, CA
149    North Las Vegas, NV
150    Moreno Valley, CA

Didn’t find your town listed above? To see where your city ranks, check out the full report at:

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