The 10 Best, Worst Cities for Herbivores

WalletHub ranks the best places in the US for vegetarians, vegans
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2022 12:00 PM CDT
The 10 Best, Worst Cities for Herbivores
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If living a meat-free existence is your dietary M.O., WalletHub wants to help you find your herbivore paradise. To suss out which US metropolitan areas are the best choices for vegetarians and vegans, the site examined data for the 100 biggest cities, looking at 17 metrics across three main categories: affordability of vegetarian/vegan lifestyle (both in term of buying groceries and eating out); diversity, accessibility, and quality (e.g., the share of restaurants actually offering such options, as well as the farmers markets, smoothie shops, and community gardens per capita); and vegetarian lifestyle, which looked at such factors as a city's fruit and vegetable consumption, as well as available vegetarian/vegan fests and meetups. Portland, Ore., shot to the head of the class, while California's San Bernardino came in last. See the rest of the cities in the top and bottom 10:

Best Cities

  1. Portland, Ore.
  2. Orlando, Fla.
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Phoenix
  5. Austin, Texas
  6. Seattle
  7. San Francisco (No. 1 for "Diversity, Accessibility, and Quality" and "Vegetarian Lifestyle" categories)
  8. Tampa, Fla.
  9. San Diego
  10. Lexington-Fayette, Ky.
Worst Cities
  1. Santa Ana, Calif.
  2. Henderson, Nev.
  3. Greensboro, NC
  4. Hialeah, Fla.
  5. Anchorage, Alaska
  6. North Las Vegas (last in "Diversity, Accessibility, and Quality" category)
  7. Fremont, Calif. (last in "Affordability" category)
  8. Chula Vista, Calif.
  9. San Jose, Calif.
  10. San Bernardino, Calif.
See how other cities fared here. (This is the healthiest city in America.)

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