To narrow down the list, which was published Tuesday, the website used a series of data points to analyze cities with a population of more than 100,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 estimates. For each of the resulting 314 cities, Apartment Guide counted the total number of restaurants within city limits and the number of local (non-chain) restaurants, then compared those numbers to the city’s land area size and population.
A representative for the website confirmed that the database used to count the number of restaurants may not reflect recent business closures.
The number of restaurants per capita, restaurant density per square mile, and the percentage of non-chain restaurants were all weighted equally, with scores in each category combined to result in a ranked list of the top 10 foodie cities in the country.
Apartment Guide found that Cambridge ranked 32nd in restaurants per capita, 71st in restaurant density, and sixth in local restaurants, for an overall placement of No. 10 on the list.
“Smart people gotta eat to maintain brain power, so it’s no surprise that the campus sites of four of America’s best universities all rank in the top 10 best foodie cities,” wrote Michael Hochman, who authored the report. “Students, young grads, and millennial families in places like Cambridge, MA, demand a unique, trendy and ethically-stocked local food scene. And that’s what Cantabrigians get with more than nine out of 10 restaurants in the city being of the non-chain variety, good for sixth-best in the nation.”
Hochman shared that “Cambridge was the smallest city among our top 10 and with the fewest restaurants per square mile with less than 13,” but that restaurants like Pammy’s and Giula were serving some of the best fare that Massachusetts had to offer. (Hochman also, however, included Cambridge, 1, a pizzeria which closed in December.)
Miami ranked No. 1. The full list can be found here.
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