Guess What? The Top 10 Most Vegetarian and Carnivorous Cities in America Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Americans love meat. A lot. In surveys, the U.S. consistently lands near the top of the list in meat consumption around the world, beating out known meat-loving countries like Argentina, Brazil and New Zealand. Perhaps as a consequence of that, Americans are also not eating enough vegetables or fruit, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A study conducted by the agency earlier this year found that just 13.1 percent of Americans consume enough fruit, and a paltry 8.5 percent eat enough vegetables. (Californians actually fared best on both.) Maybe the meat and potatoes American diet is a stereotype, but it’s a stereotype that’s not altogether unfounded.


At the same time, we’re eating less meat than in previous years. Since 2012, American consumption of meat in general has dropped almost 10 percent. In the years between 2006 and 2012, Americans ate 14 percent less seafood. While polls show the number of vegetarians has hovered around 5 percent for nearly two decades now, the number of vegans—though still super small—has increased steadily in recent years. And a whole 10 percent of millennials, notably, identify as vegan or vegetarian. (Though, with 84 percent of American vegans and vegetarians eventually going back to eating meat, it might be good to check back in on that number in years to come.)

So there’s no easy trend to cite for how Americans are eating based on the numbers. Anecdotally, though, your perception of how meaty or veggie America looks probably has a lot to do with where you live, and the circles in which you move. Recently, Grubhub compiled a list of the U.S.’ most vegetarian cities. CNN, conversely, compiled a list of cities that might be considered a meat lover’s dream. In both cases, residents’ consumption of vegetarian or meat dishes helped inform the numbers. In a few cases, a single city scored high on both lists, likely the result of a thriving culinary scene overall. In any case, the results of the two surveys are listed below. (To read more information about each city and how the scoring was derived, follow the links.)

The Most Vegetarian Cities in America

10. Boulder, Colorado

9. Ann Arbor, Michigan

8. Austin/Round Rock Texas

7. Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue, Washington

6. Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim, California

5. San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, California

4. Ithaca, New York

3. San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward, California

2. Charlottesville, Virginia

1. Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina

(Taken from the Huffington Post)

The Most Carnivorous Cities in America

10. Las Vegas, Nevada

9. Tampa, Florida

8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

7. Memphis, Tennessee

6. Los Angeles, California

5. Lexington, North Carolina

4. Austin, Texas

3. Chicago, Illinois

2. Kansas City, Missouri

1. New York City, NY

(Taken from CNN)

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