WE HAVE THE MEATS! Study finds New England a vegan wasteland

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With Oct. 1 being World Vegetarian Day and Nov. 1 being World Vegan Day, and with the prices of synthetic meat products dropping considerably during the pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021' Best Cities for Vegans and Vegetarians.

To determine the best and cheapest places for following a plant-based diet, WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 16 key indicators of vegan- and vegetarian-friendliness. The data set ranges from the share of restaurants serving meatless options to the cost of groceries for vegetarians to salad shops per capita.

The only New England City in the Top 100 was Boston at 85.

Top 20 Cities for Vegans & Vegetarians
1. Portland, OR 11. Tampa, FL
2. Orlando, FL 12. Atlanta, GA
3. Los Angeles, CA 13. Miami, FL
4. San Francisco, CA 14. New York, NY
5. Boise, ID 15. Madison, WI
6. Austin, TX 16. Washington, DC
7. Seattle, WA 17. Bakersfield, CA
8. Lexington-Fayette, KY 18. Chicago, IL
9. Oakland, CA 19. Fort Wayne, IN
10. San Diego, CA 20. Las Vegas, NV

Best vs. Worst

  • Scottsdale, Arizona, has the highest share of restaurants serving vegetarian options, 27.99 percent, which is 10.1 times higher than in Laredo, Texas, the city with the lowest at 2.77 percent.
  • Scottsdale, Arizona, has the highest share of restaurants serving vegan options, 16.41 percent, which is 19.5 times higher than in North Las Vegas, Nevada, the city with the lowest at 0.84 percent.
  • San Francisco has the most community-supported agriculture programs (per square root of population), 0.0160, which is 20 times more than in San Antonio, the city with the fewest at 0.0008.
  • Miami has the most salad shops (per square root of population), 0.2226, which is 18.2 times more than in North Las Vegas, Nevada, the city with the fewest at 0.0122.

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