2022’s Best Cities for Vegetarians & Vegans – WalletHub Study

With Oct. 1 being World Vegetarian Day and Nov. 1 being World Vegan Day, and with 15.5 million U.S. adults having a vegetarian or vegan diet, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s Best Cities for Vegans & Vegetarians, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.

To determine the best and cheapest places for following a plant-based diet, WalletHub 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.

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

Best vs. Worst

  • Plano, Texas, has the highest share of restaurants serving vegetarian options, 63.65 percent, which is 21.6 times higher than in Laredo, Texas, the city with the lowest at 2.95 percent.
  • Scottsdale, Arizona, has the highest share of restaurants serving vegan options, 16.26 percent, which is 19.6 times higher than in North Las Vegas, Nevada, the city with the lowest at 0.83 percent.
  • San Francisco has the most community-supported agriculture programs (per square root of population), 0.0182, which is 22.8 times more than in San Antonio, the city with the fewest at 0.0008.
  • Atlanta has the most salad shops (per square root of population), 0.2296, which is 17.8 times more than in San Bernardino, California, the city with the fewest at 0.0129.