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The state of New Jersey is known for many things.
It is known for the famous stretch of beaches known as the Jersey Shore, where boardwalks are populated by amusement park games and funnel cake stands.
The Garden State earned its moniker for its rolling farmlands that produced an agricultural bounty to be sent both south to Philadelphia and north to New York City.
The most densely populated state in the Union, New Jersey is known for constantly producing famous folk. Frank Sinatra, David Copperfield, Bruce Springsteen, Shaquille O’Neal, and Meryl Streep are just a few that come to mind.
New Jersey has become renowned for its cuisine culture as pizza places, bagel shops, and Italian restaurants populate every town and city in the state.
Oh, and let us not forget about all those delis.
Finding a deli or sandwich shop in New Jersey is about as easy as finding a cornfield in Iowa. They are everywhere, they are all delicious, and they are always crowded.
New Jerseyans love their delis, and they will staunchly defend them. Some claim it is the deeply rooted Italian culture that makes New Jersey sandwich shops so good, while others simply point to the bread.
LendEDU is based out of Hoboken, New Jersey, so we know how important it is to have good delis around us and plenty of them. In this spirit, we have used a licensed dataset to create the Deli Density Index, a metric indicating a town’s deli per person ratio.
We evaluated over 1,000 towns in New Jersey to compile our list, but only featured the 250 towns that recorded the highest Deli Density Index. The exact number of delis in a given town was divided by that town’s population and normalized to develop LendEDU’s index.
The New Jersey towns featured below will give you the most options to satisfy your need to eat a delicious Jersey sub (or hero).
Complete Rankings of New Jersey Towns By Their Deli Density Index
All data used in this study is under license from Onboard Informatics. Onboard Informatics’ dataset was used for the most recent population figures and the exact number of delis and sandwich shops in a given town. Our original pull of the necessary data resulted in data for over 1,000 New Jersey towns and cities. We established a population cutoff at 5,000; any towns or cities with a population below 5,000 were immediately eliminated from further analysis.
Once we had the final list of qualified towns and cities, we were able to pull the exact amount of delis and sandwich shops in each town thanks to Onboard Informatics’ dataset. Only establishments that were classified as purely a deli or sandwich shop were counted. For example, restaurants, diners, or grocery stores that sold sandwiches were not counted. Once each town in New Jersey was assigned an exact number of delis and sandwich shops we divided that number by the total population of the town. The resulting number of that division was multiplied by 100,000 to normalize the results. That final number was LendEDU’s Deli Density Index.
LendEDU’s Deli Density Index is indicative of how many delis and sandwich shops there are per person in a given town. The towns that made the top 250 are the towns in New Jersey that present residents and visitors the most deli and sandwich shop options relative to the population of that town.
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.