The most popular food in every state

The following information is provided by Graphiq and FindTheHome.

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 show 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 such as 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 including obesity, it’s clear that what we’re doing isn’t working.

Mississippi

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 2,984,345  

Louisiana

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 4,601,049

Utah

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 2,858,111  

Alabama

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 4,817,678

Oklahoma

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries

Population: 3,818,851  

Hawaii

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 1,392,704

Georgia

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 9,907,756  

South Carolina

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries

Population: 4,727,273

Washington

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 6,899,123  

Arkansas

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 2,947,036

Nebraska

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants

Population: 1,855,617  

Wyoming

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 575,251

Nevada

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 2,761,584  

New Mexico

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 2,080,085

Arizona

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 6,561,516  

North Carolina

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 9,750,405

Idaho

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 1,599,464  

Tennessee

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 6,451,365

Alaska

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 728,300  

Wisconsin

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops

Population: 5,724,692

California

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 38,066,920  

Virginia

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 8,185,131

North Dakota

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops

Population: 704,925  

South Dakota

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries

Population: 834,708

Missouri

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 6,028,076  

Kansas

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 2,882,946

Oregon

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 3,900,343  

Maryland

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 5,887,776

Minnesota

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops

Population: 5,383,661  

Colorado

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 5,197,580

Kentucky

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 4,383,272  

Illinois

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants

Population: 12,868,747

Montana

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 1,006,370  

Maine

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Seafood
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 1,328,535

Texas

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 26,092,033  

West Virginia

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries

Population: 1,853,881

Vermont

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: American Food

Population: 626,358  

Indiana

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants

Population: 6,542,411

Iowa

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 3,078,116  

Michigan

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops

Population: 9,889,024

Florida

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 19,361,792  

Delaware

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 917,060

New York

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops

Population: 19,594,330  

New Jersey

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops

Population: 8,874,374

Ohio

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops

Population: 11,560,380  

Connecticut

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 3,592,053

Rhode Island

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 1,053,252  

Massachusetts

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 6,657,291

New Hampshire

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 1,321,069  

Pennsylvania

 

Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
Second Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
Third Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
Fourth Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 12,758,729

Research The States on FindTheHome

Copyright by Graphiq.com.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up