Which came first: Pizza or beer?

In the U.S., the cities with the greatest number of bars per capita also tend to have the most pizza restaurants, according to recent research conducted by Infogroup Targeting Solutions. These cities are most often found in the Northeastern and East North Central states, with Pittsburgh topping both bar and pizza lists at number one and two respectively. Surprisingly, the cities most famous for pizza—New York and Chicago—do not even appear within the top ten of either list.

Top Bar Cities

  1. Pittsburgh (11.8 per 10,000 people)
  2. St. Louis (11.6)
  3. Cleveland (11.5)
  4. Cincinnati (11.5)
  5. Milwaukee (9.5)
  6. Orlando (9.4)
  7. Las Vegas (9.1)
  8. Portland, Ore. (8.5)
  9. Omaha (7.6)
  10. Buffalo (7.1)

Top Pizza Cities

  1. Orlando (10.3 per 10,000 people)
  2. Pittsburgh (9.9)
  3. Cincinnati (6.7)
  4. Cleveland (6.7)
  5. Buffalo (6.5)
  6. St. Louis (6.3)
  7. Las Vegas (6.3)
  8. Tampa, Fla. (6.3)
  9. Miami (6)
  10. Minneapolis (4.8)

The study also found that:

  • Orlando has the greatest number of restaurants per 10,000 residents (99.3), followed by Atlanta (95.7), Miami (90.6), Las Vegas (79.7) and St. Louis (77.3).
  • Top barbecue cities tend to be concentrated in the South. Atlanta leads the list with 3.7 restaurants per 10,000 residents. Birmingham, Ala. (2.7), Orlando (2.4), Memphis, Tenn. (2.3) and Tampa, Fla. (2.0) round out the top five.
  • Orlando has the greatest concentration of seafood restaurants, at 2.6 restaurants for every 10,000 people. Miami (2.1), Atlanta (2.1), New Orleans (1.7) and Virginia Beach, Va. (1.7) follow.
  • Burger restaurants are primarily centered in tourist towns. Orlando leads the list with 5.6 per 10,000 residents. Las Vegas (4.6), St. Louis (4.4), Cincinnati (4.4) and Miami (4.3) are close behind.

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