Healthiest Cities in America for Dining Out

Healthiest Cities in America for Dining Out

There’s an old saying that you are what you eat. With that in mind, everyone should want to eat a bit more on the healthy side. Healthy eating brings a whole host of health benefits, including weight loss, reduced cancer risk, improved sleep and much more, so it’s important to think twice about the foods you’re eating.

Because having a busy lifestyle is the norm, a lot of us are grabbing food on the go. Actually, according to a recent CDC study, 1 in 3 Americans eats fast food on a daily basis. And that food isn’t always healthy.

There are, however, healthier options than fast food out there and we wondered if certain cities are better than others at having a more balanced diet and just which cities are the best when it comes to offering healthier options for dining out.

To find this out, we used Yelp to determine the number of healthy eating restaurants per 100,000 people in each major city, including juice and smoothie bars as well as vegan, vegetarian, raw food, and sushi restaurants, and we came up with some interesting results.

Map of top ten best cities for healthy eating

Overall, Atlanta is the best city for healthy eating in the country with 151.97 healthy restaurants per 100,000 people located here. Coming in second and third place are Hartford and Las Vegas with 105.35 and 76.67 healthy restaurants per 100,000 people respectively.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the West dominates the healthy-eating scene. 6 of the top ten cities are located here, including Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Map of top ten worst cities for healthy eating

The worst city overall for healthy eating? Surprisingly, that accolade goes to Washington DC because it has just 3.11 healthy restaurants per 100,000 people located in its city limits.

Following closely behind are Indianapolis with 4.47 healthy eating restaurants and Houston and Jacksonville both with 5.32 healthy eating restaurants per 100,000 people.

From a regional viewpoint, the Northeast and the South are tied for the most number of cities in the ten worst cities for healthy eating with 4 cities each.

Looking at the entire list of cities, we can see Atlanta truly is way ahead of the pack when it comes to healthy restaurants in a major way – well done Atlanta!

Data Tables of five best cities for healthy restaurants

If you’re living in Atlanta and you can’t start the day without a delicious smoothie or juice, you’re in luck as this city has the most juice and smoothie bars per 100,000 people in the country with 63.34 bars.

Sushi fan? Again, Atlanta is your best bet with 61.07 sushi restaurants per 100,000 people.

If you prefer a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, then you’re bound to find a table in Hartford. Hartford is the best city for vegetarians and vegans with 35.66 vegetarian restaurants and 26.74 vegan restaurants per 100,000 people.

Like raw food? If you live in Riverside, you’ll have a smile on your face as it is the best city for raw food restaurants with 4.58 raw food restaurants per 100,000 people located here.

So there you have it! Overall, Atlanta is the best city in the country for healthy eating with the most healthy eating restaurants per 100,000 people. It’s also a great place to be if you like juice and smoothie bars as well as sushi!

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