The Best and Worst Foodie Cities in America

 
Orlando has the most restaurants per 100,000 residents.
Orlando has the most restaurants per 100,000 residents. Thinkstock

With October 16 being World Food Day and Americans spending more money at food establishments than at grocery stores in 2015, the personal-finance website WalletHub took a close look at 2016’s Best & Worst Foodie Cities.

To find the best and cheapest foodie scenes in the U.S., WalletHub compared the 150 most populated cities across 21 key metrics, ranging from “cost of groceries” to “affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants” to “number of food festivals per capita.”

Best Foodie Cities

1. Orlando

2. Portland, Oregon

3. Miami

4. Tampa

5. San Francisco

6. Cincinnati

7. St. Louis

8. Salt Lake City

9. Richmond

10. Seattle

Worst Foodie Cities

141. Garland, Texas

142. Fayetteville, North Carolina

143. Jackson, Mississippi

144. San Bernardino, California

145. Aurora, Illinois

146. Fontana, California

147. Montgomery, Alabama

148. Grand Prairie, Texas

149. Moreno Valley, California,

150. North Las Vegas, Nevada

Best vs. Worst

Laredo, Texas, has the lowest grocery cost index, 79, which is two times lower than in Honolulu, the city with the highest, 158.9.

Orlando has the most restaurants per 100,000 residents, 1,176.38, which is 9.8 times more than in Santa Clarita, California, the city with the fewest, 120.09.

Santa Rosa, California, has the highest ratio of full-service restaurants to fast-food establishments, 1.74, which is 3.1 times higher than in Jackson, Mississippi, the city with the lowest, 0.57.

Portland, Oregon, has the most coffee and tea shops per 100,000 residents, 103.92, which is 29.5 times more than in Laredo, Texas, the city with the fewest, 3.52.  

Miami has the most gourmet specialty-food stores per 100,000 residents, 117.46, which is 14.5 times more than in Gilbert, Arizona, the city with the fewest, 8.08.

Cincinnati has the most grocery stores per 100,000 residents, 128.29, which is 13.8 times more than in Santa Clarita, California, the city with the fewest, 9.32.

San Francisco has the most cooking schools per 100,000 residents, 6.36, which is 28 times more than in Raleigh, North Carolina, the city with the fewest, 0.22.

News and information presented in this release has not been corroborated by FSR, Food News Media, or Journalistic, Inc.

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