By some estimates, there are as many as 6.5 million vegans in the United States. Vegan restaurants, shops, and vegan-friendly menu options have rose to the task to feed those with plant-based diets across the country. That said, the availability of good quality options for vegans vastly differs from city to city.
The people at WalletHub, a credit score report company, recently published a study evaluating how vegetarian- and vegan-friendly the 100 most populated cities in the US are. The research is based on 16 categories, including affordability, diversity, accessibility, and the quality of vegetarian and vegan food in each city.
Although some of these cities listed here are sure-fire entries you might have guessed would be in the top 10, there are a few that you might not expect to see. In descending order, here are the best cities in the US for vegans and vegetarians in 2021, along with where the city stands on key metrics compared to the 100 cities that were analyzed.