Bonus List

U.S. STATES WITH THE MOST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS PER CAPITA

The West Coast has the greatest concentration of vegetarian restaurants in the United States. California has the most vegetarian restaurants in the U.S. (249), and Oregon has the most per capita at 8.2 vegetarian restaurants per million people. The Northeast also has a large number of vegetarian restaurants. While the Midwest and South rank lowest overall, each region has one representative in the list. Iowa has 10 vegetarian restaurants (or 3.3 per million people), 6 of which are in Fairfield (the most vegetarian restaurants in any town of its size in the U.S.), which has the Maharishi University of Management, a school focusing on Transcendental Meditation with many vegetarians. Georgia has 30 vegetarian restaurants (also 3.3 per million people), most in the Atlanta area.


STATE

1. Oregon
2. Hawaii
3. California
4. New Hampshire
5. New York
5. Washington
7. Maine
8. Utah
9. Georgia
9. Iowa

VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS
PER MILLION PEOPLE
8.2
7.8
6.9
6.1
6.0
6.0
3.8
3.6
3.3
3.3

If the District of Columbia were included in the list, it would be #1 (14.5 per million people). However, the restaurants there serve many people from nearby Maryland and Virginia, two states not on this list.

Source of Data: http://www.happycow.net (2007), a comprehensive and up to date listing of vegetarian restaurants on the web. Only 100% vegetarian restaurants were included ("vegetarian friendly" restaurants serving a mixture of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, even if only a few dishes have meat, were not included). Population statistics were from the U.S. Census (2005 estimates).

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