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The Most Popular Food in Every State

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

 

 Food

Despite peaking in popularity in the early 2000s, low-carb diets remain a staple of the fitness and nutrition industry. However, these diets have not abated America’s love of carbohydrates.

The health of the country hurts because of it — obesity rates are still rising — but the data shows that the country’s most popular foods continue to be the most carbohydrate-laden.

From pizza to sandwiches and baked goods, we can’t get enough.

Using the most recent 2014 estimates from the American Community Survey and Dun and Bradstreet, the experts at FindTheHome discovered the most popular food in every state. The food type with the highest density per 100,000 people is considered the most popular. Pizza is the fan-favorite in most states, with baked goods and Mexican food taking the lead in many others. Previously, FindTheHome used the same data providers to find the pizza capital and bakery capital of every state.

Advocates maintain that government subsidies of crops like corn, wheat and feed grains enable the production of processed food. Add in the demand from the American public, and it’s unlikely that the food industry will slow the pizza production line. However, looking at current obesity rates and the ineffectiveness of national health policies such as Healthy People 2020, a federal initiative to eliminate preventable diseases, like obesity, it’s clear that what we’re doing isn’t working.

Mississippi

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 2,984,345

Louisiana

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 4,601,049

Utah

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 2,858,111

Alabama

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 4,817,678

Oklahoma

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries

Population: 3,818,851

Hawaii

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 1,392,704

Georgia

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 9,907,756

South Carolina

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries

Population: 4,727,273

Washington

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 6,899,123

Arkansas

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 2,947,036

Nebraska

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants

Population: 1,855,617

Wyoming

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 575,251

Nevada

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 2,761,584

New Mexico

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 2,080,085

Arizona

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 6,561,516

North Carolina

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 9,750,405

Idaho

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 1,599,464

Tennessee

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 6,451,365

Alaska

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 728,300

Wisconsin

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops

Population: 5,724,692

California

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 38,066,920

Virginia

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 8,185,131

North Dakota

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops

Population: 704,925

South Dakota

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries

Population: 834,708

Missouri

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 6,028,076

Kansas

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 2,882,946

Oregon

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 3,900,343

Maryland

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 5,887,776

Minnesota

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops

Population: 5,383,661

Colorado

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 5,197,580

Kentucky

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 4,383,272

Illinois

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants

Population: 12,868,747

Montana

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 1,006,370

Maine

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Seafood
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 1,328,535

Texas

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 26,092,033

West Virginia

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries

Population: 1,853,881

Vermont

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: American Food

Population: 626,358

Indiana

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants

Population: 6,542,411

Iowa

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 3,078,116

Michigan

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops

Population: 9,889,024

Florida

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 19,361,792

Delaware

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 917,060

New York

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops

Population: 19,594,330

New Jersey

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops

Population: 8,874,374

Ohio

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops

Population: 11,560,380

Connecticut

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 3,592,053

Rhode Island

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 1,053,252

Massachusetts

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 6,657,291

New Hampshire

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 1,321,069

Pennsylvania

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 12,758,729

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Oregon

Marionberry Pie 

The epitome of summer berries in a baked pie= deliciousness! 

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California

Fish Tacos

In-N-Out animal style fries didn’t make it as CA comfort food. Instead Thrillist thought fish tacos were a yummier choice. 

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Washington

Cedar Plank Salmon 

Salmon, the staple of the Pacific Northwest is named Washington’s comfort food. 

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Utah

Funeral Potatoes

This dish usually served after a funeral or other potlucks includes; hash browns, cheese, onions, potato chips, cream soup, butter and corn flakes.

Photo Credit: Carrie A via Flikr Creative Commons (image cropped) 

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Montana

Meat Pasty 

Meat Pasties aka. Meat Hand Pies were in the lunch packs of miners from Eastern Europe, before they became a staple comfort food in Montana. 

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Nevada

Anything From a Buffet 

“Best buffets in the country,” said Thrillest about Nevada’s comfort food.  

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Idaho

Fries with Fry Sauce

It’s obvious that the Potato State’s comfort food would be fries, but don’t forget the fry sauce (a mix of mayo and ketchup).

Photo Credit: Victor Solanoy via Flikr Creative Commons (image cropped) 

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Arizona

Chimichanga 

Deep fried burritos= always a fan favorite. 

Photo Credit: jeffreyw via Flikr Creative Commons (image cropped) 

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Wyoming

Beef Jerky 

The road trip staple, beef and buffalo jerky found at every gas station and roadside shack in Wyoming is unofficially named Wyoming’s comfort food.

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New Mexico

Green Chile Stew

Green chiles beat out red ones for the best comfort food in New Mexico. 

Photo Credit: stu_spivack via Flikr Creative Commons (image cropped) 

 
 

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