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These Are the Best Cities in the U.S. for Vegetarians

By Carly Sitzer

There’s no denying that plant-based diets are on the rise; according to recent research, one-third of all Americans identify as “pescatarian” (meaning they don’t eat meat, but do eat fish), there’s been a 600 percent increase in veganism in the United States, and GrubHub reported that ordering plant-based food reached an all-time (and has continued to grow). 

With more and more people following plant-based diets, it’s easier than to be a vegetarian and still enjoy a robust social scene; but still, being vegetarian is still significantly easier in some places more than others. New research conducted and collected by Apartment Guide revealed that Charleston is the best city for vegetarians — with several other college towns trailing close behind. 

Apartment Guide took cities with populations of more than 100,000 (per the Census Bureau) and used 8 million commercially available business listings to count the number of vegetarian-related businesses in each city by organizing them into three categories: vegetarian, vegan, and organic; they then divided each city’s population by the number of businesses in each category to find a ratio of vegetarian-based option per resident.