Ok, so we all have that one friend who looooves to talk about their plant-based diet, and we might give them a little s**t for it, right? Well, did you know that there are actually 8 million vegans and vegetarian adults in the U.S. now? That's a whole heck of a lot more people than your co-worker who never joins for office lunch outings because there's just nothing he can eat at your morally repugnant restaurant of choosing! There must be something to this plant-loving lifestyle if 8 MILLION folks have jumped on board.
Wallethub set out to determine the best and cheapest places for a plant-based diet, and it turns out D.C. isn't so bad for veggie lovers! After comparing the 100 largest U.S. cities across 15 key indicators of vegan- and vegetarian-friendliness, such as the cost of groceries for vegetarians, the share of restaurants serving meatless options and salad shops per capita, D.C. was ranked as the 7th best city for vegetarians and vegans.
Thankfully for our plant consuming friends, D.C. restaurants have definitely picked up on this growing population, and are proving that meals can be just as satisfying and satiating minus the meat. I was shocked when I attended a recent restaurant opening and my favorite dish of the night was the spicy vegan ramen!
Here's how D.C. stacked up:
- 1st -- Community Gardens per Capita
- 1st -- Availability of Vegan & Vegetarian Festivals
- 2nd -- Share of Restaurants Serving Vegetarian Options
- 2nd -- Share of Restaurants Serving Vegan Options
- 3rd -- Farmers Markets & CSA Programs per Capita
- 6th -- Percentage Ordering Vegetarian or Vegan Over the National Average based on GrubHub’s List
Probably not surprising to anyone, the category we scored the worst in was average meal cost, followed closely by cost of groceries for vegetarians.
Top 10 cities for vegans and vegetarians:
- New York, NY
- Portland, OR
- Orlando, FL
- San Francisco, CA
- Los Angeles, CA
- Seattle, WA
- Washington, D.C.
- Scottsdale, AZ
- Miami, FL
- San Diego, CA
For more information, see the complete study here.