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The top 10 most vegan-friendly cities across the United States have been revealed.

Research by consumer spending experts at identifies the best locations for those eating a vegan diet across the U.S by analyzing the ‘dietary and lifestyle offering for each location’.

These factors include the number of takeaway services with dietary options, the number of specialty restaurants, the cost of ingredients to cook a specialty meal, the cost of energy costs to cook a meal, and the number of specialty cooking classes.

Top 10 U.S vegan-friendly cities

In a statement sent to Plant Based News, a spokesperson said: “Houston is named the best overall city followed by Denver, Los Angeles, and Dallas.

“Dallas is one of the most affordable places to buy groceries for a plant-based meal – tomatoes, onions, lettuce and rice costs $6.42 which is 58 percent cheaper than for shoppers in New York – here the same costs $11.79.

“Despite being famous for barbequed meat dishes and chilli, Texas is the only state with two cities listed in the top 10 list. The state ranked highly for the number of speciality cooking classes and the cost of food.”

Los Angeles is the third most vegan-friendly city, according to the list (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)

Eating out

When it comes to eating out Los Angeles, Houston and Phoenix are meeting demand with the highest numbers of speciality restaurants and takeaways in the country. Vegans in L.A can choose from 1,036 plant-based restaurants and 1,596 takeaway services.

“In comparison, there are 54 percent fewer vegan-friendly takeouts in New York, where locals can order from 911 spots, and 69 percent less in San Diego with 773 specialist takeaways in the city,” said the organization.

Top 10 best cities in the U.S to live on a plant-based diet

  1. Houston, Texas
  2. Denver, Colorado
  3. Los Angeles, California
  4. Dallas, Texas
  5. Chicago, Illinois
  6. San Diego, California
  7. New York, New York
  8. Portland, Oregon
  9. Phoenix, Arizona
  10. Columbus, Ohio 

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.