While a lot of us can’t imagine going a day without eating meat, there are plenty of people in this country who swear by the vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. And while it’s getting easier and easier to be vegan/vegetarian these days, there are still some areas in the country that provide better options for those shunning animal products and a new report reveals which cities are doing it the best.
WalletHub has just come out with their list of the Best Cities for Vegans and Vegetarians judging 100 of the largest U.S. cities across 15 key indicators of vegan- and vegetarian-friendliness, including cost of groceries for vegetarians, the share of restaurants serving meatless options, salad shops per capita and more.
Overall, vegans and vegetarians living in New York City have it the best, with the Big Apple earning high marks for Diversity, Accessibility and Quality, which includes share of restaurants serving vegan/vegetarian options, share of farmers markets and CSA programs, access to fresh vegetarian food and more.
Top Ten Most Vegan & Vegetarian Friendly Cities(click here for the complete list)
- New York, NY
- Portland, OR
- Orlando, FL
- San Francisco, CA
- Los Angeles, CA
- Seattle, WA
- Washington, DC
- Scottsdale, AZ
- Miami, FL
- San Diego, CA
Other results from the report include:
- San Antonio, Texas has the lowest cost for groceries for vegetarians, while Honolulu, Hawaii has the highest.
- New York has the highest percentage of restaurants serving vegetarian options, while Newark, New Jersey has the least.
- Orlando, Florida has the highest percentage of restaurants serving vegan options, while Chicago has the least.
- New York has the most smoothie and juice bars per capita, as well as the most salad shops, while Fort Wayne, Indiana has the least smoothie and juice bars and Loredo, Texas has the least salad shops.