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Most restauranted cities per capita

Posted on 8/18/11 at 12:05 am
Posted by TulaneLSU
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 12:05 am
Due to my great love for all of you, boredom, and the desire to correct faulty studies and perceptions, I decided to chart the number of restaurants in the largest 55 metro areas in America, as well as some cities of local interest. I used population numbers from the 2010 Census, as reported on Wikipedia. For large populations, I rounded to the 100,000th place. For smaller populations, I rounded to the 10,000th place. I got the restaurant totals from a national restaurant website that does a decent job of tracking restaurants in cities. However, this website group is located in Seattle and has a strong presence in the Northwest, so cities like Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Vancouver likely have a more accurate number of their restaurants listed than other cities, although I can vouch for the New Orleans number. The restaurant number also includes fast food and anywhere that sells prepared food if the food is cooked on the premises.

Here is the chart. The lower the number in the third column means the more restaurants per person.





Natchez, MS wins this contest with a restaurant for every 192 people. However, since there are only 20,000 residents, one could consider this too small a sample to compare with larger cities. Lafayette, LA, at 274 residents per restaurant does very well for mid-sized cities, beating out New Orleans 274 to 393. Baton Rouge? Not much positive can be said about the restaurant scene there, and this study furthers that perception. Of American metro areas with populations above 500,000, New Orleans places 12th out of 55 metro areas.

For large cities, Tampa is #1 with 321 people per restaurant. Not far behind are Orlando with 331, San Francisco-San Jose with 334, Hartford, CT with 336, and Seattle with 340.

Internationally, Vancouver would win the competition with 273 people per restaurant, but they're Canadian, and Canadians are not allowed to win.
This post was edited on 8/18/11 at 10:47 am
Posted by TheRoarRestoredInBR
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 12:13 am to
I was just in Natchez and Vidalia for a week, after the Top 10 to 20 high quality haunts in Natchez, which are impressive in quality for a city it's size, the dropoff runs fast and hard!

BR may lack spectacular, but it has far better depth than Natchez, and across a much wider array of genres.

So cram that indignant BR jab back up..
This post was edited on 8/18/11 at 12:15 am
Posted by TulaneLSU
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 12:17 am to
Considering Baton Rouge has 40 times the people of Natchez, I would hope so.
Posted by andouille
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 12:37 am to
Damn you were bored.

I expect that tourist cities would have the lowest number since the hotel occupants always eat out and are not counted into the population, this is true for the most part. That also skews the results for the entire sample. Also how many are fast food vs full service restaurants. Not sure this data actually means anything.
Posted by KosmoCramer
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 1:12 am to
Dear sir, can you arrange this in some order besides population?

Perhaps by people/restaurant?
Posted by Rohan2Reed
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 1:38 am to
nah that would be too relevant to the topic
Posted by TulaneLSU
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 7:38 am to
Ordered by most restaurants per person



This post was edited on 8/18/11 at 9:27 am
Posted by tigerfoot
Alexandria
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 8:03 am to
Monroe and Alexandia have grown.
Posted by ksayetiger
Centenary Gents
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 8:05 am to
oh shite- I see Shreveport at #25!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Paul Allen
Posted by saderade
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 8:36 am to
I am assuming this is metropolitan area. Also, are you including fast food or places like subway?
Posted by TulaneLSU
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 8:50 am to
Both answers you seek are in the original post.
Posted by saderade
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Posted by Count Chocula
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 9:15 am to
Lafayette has too many per population. Has for many years. What was once a non-chain, mom and pop dominated restaurant city (similar to NOLA) is now overpopulated with all the chains.
Posted by TulaneLSU
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 9:29 am to
I had to adjust Lafayette's restaurant number because the Census did not include Opelousas and New Iberia as part of the Lafayette Metro area. The restaurant total I used included these two neighboring communities. I eliminated the 205 restaurants from Opelousas and New Iberia. Lafayette is now a fraction of a point behind Vancouver.
Posted by TulaneLSU
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 9:35 am to
The Tom Fitzmorris NOLA restaurant count is 1117, but his count does not include chain restaurants and fast food. The real total is 3050, meaning that chains and fast food outnumber "real" restaurants in the NOLA Metro by almost a two to one count. So much for the NOLA of our imagination where chain restaurants are the exception not the rule. NOLA is Chain City, baby!
Posted by Y.A. Tittle
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 9:37 am to
quote:

I was just in Natchez and Vidalia for a week, after the Top 10 to 20 high quality haunts in Natchez, which are impressive in quality for a city it's size, the dropoff runs fast and hard!



I like Natchez and its restaurant scene seems interesting and varied, especially for a town its size.

However, I've really never been anything but disappointed dining out there.
Posted by Y.A. Tittle
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 9:40 am to
I was in Asheville, NC recently and I'm surprised not to see it on that list.

It's really got a vibrant and interesting restaurant scene for a place its size.

ETA, shite, I just realized this wasn't any sort of published list but something you did yourself. Holy freaking moly!
This post was edited on 8/18/11 at 10:05 am
Posted by Tigertown in ATL
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 9:44 am to
quote:

Baton Rouge? Not much positive can be said about the restaurant scene there, and this study furthers that perception


Very silly statement because it is a gross over-generalization.

1st-54th in the entire country is not a bad ranking.

2nd-you make the assumption that restaurants per capita is somehow relevant to whether a restaurant scene is positive.

Based on your single criteria BR is better than Houston, New York DC and London.

In addition Shreveport is better than Austin.

If you let the very interesting data speak for itself, I say well done. Random conclusions are my objection.
Posted by bee Rye
New orleans
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 9:45 am to
I think the most interesting thing is that all of these cities have populations that end in 4 consecutive 0's
Posted by plawmac
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Posted on 8/18/11 at 9:47 am to
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NOLA is Chain City, baby!

Wrong Bible Boy.
You have included the SMSA - so you are picking up the chains that predominate Jefferson, St. Tammany, etc. In Orleans Parish/the City of New Orleans, there are not as many chains as you claim.
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