Charlotte Ranks in the Top 20 Best Cities for Vegans & Vegetarians

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With Oct. 1 being World Vegetarian Day and Nov. 1 being World Vegan Day and research showing that skipping meat can save the average person at least $750 per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best Cities for Vegans & Vegetarians.

To determine the best and cheapest places for following a plant-based diet, the site compared the 100 largest cities across 17 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.

Charlotte ranked just behind Pittsburgh and Houston, coming in at #20 on the top 100 list;

Most Vegetarian- & Vegan-Friendly Cities

Overall Rank
(1 = Best)
City Total Score ‘Affordability’ Rank ‘Diversity, Accessibility & Quality’ Rank ‘Vegetarian Lifestyle’ Rank
1 Portland, OR 66.55 22 3 8
2 Los Angeles, CA 62.72 20 11 3
3 Orlando, FL 59.74 36 6 20
4 Seattle, WA 57.86 92 4 9
5 Austin, TX 57.69 11 12 34
6 Atlanta, GA 57.52 54 13 5
7 New York, NY 57.30 74 2 32
8 San Francisco, CA 57.10 100 1 2
9 San Diego, CA 56.81 41 7 26
10 Tampa, FL 56.31 70 9 12
11 Scottsdale, AZ 55.83 60 16 7
12 Anaheim, CA 53.09 77 48 1
13 Chicago, IL 52.83 30 20 24
14 Madison, WI 51.66 42 17 28
15 Milwaukee, WI 51.05 27 29 27
16 Washington, DC 49.50 96 8 17
17 Las Vegas, NV 49.32 39 15 40
18 Pittsburgh, PA 48.54 73 26 13
19 Houston, TX 47.87 19 46 37
20 Charlotte, NC 47.59 56 39 19
21 Indianapolis, IN 47.45 23 62 31
22 Minneapolis, MN 47.17 84 25 11
23 Boise, ID 46.99 10 23 57
24 Jacksonville, FL 46.47 66 55 15
25 Dallas, TX 46.40 55 53 16
26 Cleveland, OH 46.03 34 69 18
27 Columbus, OH 45.99 28 72 21
28 Oakland, CA 45.59 99 18 10
29 Nashville, TN 45.58 43 47 36
30 Durham, NC 45.46 64 64 4
31 Kansas City, MO 45.36 57 61 25
32 Miami, FL 45.18 79 5 69
33 San Jose, CA 44.75 98 32 6
34 Baltimore, MD 44.01 81 54 14
35 Honolulu, HI 43.92 97 10 22
36 Fort Wayne, IN 43.77 3 79 78
37 Anchorage, AK 42.65 80 59 29
38 Cincinnati, OH 42.59 17 31 73
39 St. Paul, MN 42.33 16 43 56
40 Oklahoma City, OK 42.32 49 73 35
41 Boston, MA 42.28 94 36 30
42 Denver, CO 42.25 67 14 65
43 Mesa, AZ 42.07 9 60 59
44 Lincoln, NE 41.95 6 85 48
45 Phoenix, AZ 41.87 35 24 68
46 Irving, TX 41.32 5 89 53
47 Buffalo, NY 41.07 63 40 44
48 New Orleans, LA 40.62 83 37 38
49 Sacramento, CA 40.52 89 19 52
50 Gilbert, AZ 40.47 60 42 46
51 Chandler, AZ 40.44 65 41 49
52 Louisville, KY 40.23 24 44 74
53 Detroit, MI 40.20 13 92 41
54 Bakersfield, CA 40.13 32 38 98
55 Lexington-Fayette, KY 39.81 12 65 70
56 Lubbock, TX 39.68 8 71 98
57 Long Beach, CA 39.63 82 50 39
58 St. Louis, MO 39.51 52 27 75
59 Albuquerque, NM 39.26 72 49 45
60 Colorado Springs, CO 37.30 62 57 60
61 Norfolk, VA 37.19 25 68 71
62 Glendale, AZ 36.79 69 70 51
63 Garland, TX 36.64 7 98 54
64 Aurora, CO 36.56 14 94 50
65 Birmingham, AL 36.55 26 34 88
66 Tucson, AZ 36.54 58 28 94
67 Jersey City, NJ 36.10 44 96 42
68 Reno, NV 36.06 87 30 62
69 Philadelphia, PA 36.06 78 45 63
70 Raleigh, NC 36.01 51 58 67
71 San Antonio, TX 35.99 21 66 84
72 Fremont, CA 35.95 95 86 23
73 Irvine, CA 35.92 90 33 58
74 St. Petersburg, FL 35.83 85 35 61
75 Omaha, NE 35.60 50 56 81
76 Hialeah, FL 35.41 45 90 43
77 Chula Vista, CA 35.31 33 78 66
78 Plano, TX 35.25 68 81 55
79 Fresno, CA 35.06 46 22 96
80 Riverside, CA 34.91 88 21 80
81 Arlington, TX 34.90 18 95 64
82 Wichita, KS 34.60 31 80 82
83 Virginia Beach, VA 34.28 59 67 77
84 Newark, NJ 33.73 93 97 33
85 Corpus Christi, TX 33.38 2 93 93
86 Santa Ana, CA 32.84 91 75 47
87 Toledo, OH 32.80 4 83 83
88 Chesapeake, VA 32.62 47 91 72
89 Fort Worth, TX 32.62 38 88 76
90 Laredo, TX 32.54 1 100 98
91 Memphis, TN 32.14 37 84 85
92 Tulsa, OK 32.01 29 76 87
93 Stockton, CA 31.63 53 51 97
94 Winston-Salem, NC 30.23 40 77 91
95 Henderson, NV 29.75 75 74 90
96 Baton Rouge, LA 28.75 76 63 92
97 North Las Vegas, NV 27.87 15 99 89
98 Greensboro, NC 27.34 48 52 95
99 San Bernardino, CA 26.94 86 82 79
100 El Paso, TX 25.80 71 87 86

The Vegetarian & Vegan Lifestyle in Charlotte (1=Best; 50=Avg.)

  • 29th – Cost of Groceries for Vegetarians
  • 38th – % of Restaurants Serving Vegetarian Options
  • 38th – % of Restaurants Serving Vegan Options
  • 18th – Juice & Smoothie Bars per Capita
  • 11th – Salad Shops per Capita
  • 35th – Vegetable Nurseries per Capita

For the full report, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-vegans-vegetarians/39706/

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