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The ingredients are simple, but the taste is undeniably delicious. Pizza is a beloved staple in the United States of America.
You can travel to all corners of America and find pizza of all different shapes, in all sizes, and with any combination of ingredients. Pizza used to be simply dough, cheese, and tomato sauce, but it has drastically evolved from that point. Now, you can get buffalo chicken pizza, pineapple pizza, penne vodka pizza, or even a breakfast pizza.
What makes pizza unique is how it can change depending on where you are in the United States. Residents of New York and New Jersey love to boast that their pizza, known for its thin crust and margherita slice, is the gold standard. The city of Chicago proudly claims the famous deep-dish pizza. Californians claim that they originated pizza flavors like barbecue chicken and buffalo chicken. You can even go as far as Hawaii and find that they are the originators of the Hawaiian pizza - topped with ham and pineapple.
Fueling the heated debate, LendEDU has created the “Best Places for Pizza Lovers” list. Our list evaluates thousands of towns and cities throughout the United States to rank the 500 best places in the U.S. for pizza lovers.
Using licensed data, LendEDU was able to find the exact amount of pizza places in each town and city in the entire country. Only towns that had a population above 10,000 and at least five pizza shops were analyzed.
Once the number of pizza shops in each town and city was found, we divided that number by the respective city’s population to develop the LendEDU Pizza Indicator. The Pizza Indicator is representative of how many pizza places exist per person in a specific place. A higher Pizza Indicator score meant a better ranking on the list and vice versa.
The 500 towns and cities included on LendEDU’s “Best Places for Pizza Lovers” list are the 500 towns where residents and visitors have the most options to satisfy their hunger for pizza, with the least amount of lines.
500 Best Places for Pizza Lovers
To compile the rankings for this report, LendEDU used data licensed from Onboard Informatics, a data company. Thousands of towns and cities were looked at to give the readers the most accurate results possible. Cities were immediately eliminated from consideration if they had a population under 10,000 or under five pizza shops. For each town and city, an exact number of pizza shops was recorded. Pizza shops included pizza parlors, carry out pizza places, and pizza restaurants. Once each city had an exact count of the number of pizza shops it had, that number was then divided by the respective city's population. To simplify the results, that number was multiplied by 100,000, making it easier on the eye. The final number was LendEDU's Pizza Indicator, which represented the number of pizza shops per person in a certain city. A higher Pizza Indicator score meant a better ranking and vice versa.
Author: Mike Brown
In his role at LendEDU, Mike uses data, usually from surveys and publicly-available resources, to identify emerging personal finance trends and tell unique stories. Mike’s work, featured in major outlets like The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, provides consumers with a personal finance measuring stick and can help them make informed finance decisions.