Whether you enjoy fine dining at a five-star restaurant or trying out a local mom-and-pop eatery, California is the place to try new food, a new study from WalletHub shows.
Three cities from the Golden State, San Francisco, Sacramento and San Diego, ranked in the top 10 for the best food cities in America.
The study evaluated 29 food-related metrics, such as restaurants per capita and sales tax, and compiled them into two categories, affordability and diversity, accessibility and quality.
Each metric was graded, resulting in a 100-point scale, with 100 being the “best” food city in the U.S.
Cities received a score for the two categories and the overall score determined their ranking.
San Francisco ranked 4th with an overall score of 65,10. Sacramento ranked 6th with an overall score of 62.89. Lastly, San Diego ranked 10th with an overall score of 60.78.
San Diego ranked low in affordability, but came in at 8th for diversity, accessibility and quality of food, driving the city’s ranking on the list.
Oceanside and Chula Vista were the only other cities in San Diego County to make the list.
WalletHub included 182 cities from across the U.S.in the study.
California Cities that earned a spot on the list
15th: Los Angeles (Los Angeles County) – 58.16 points
20th: Oakland (Alameda County) – 56.23 points
39th: Santa Ana (Orange County) – 51.41 points
45th: San Jose (Santa Clara County) – 49.98 points
49Th: Anaheim (Orange County) – 49.53 points
63rd: Fresno (Fresno County) – 48.25 points
71st: Santa Rosa (Sonoma County) – 46.47 points
76th: Bakersfield (Kern County) – 45.97 points
77th: Garden Grove (Orange County) – 45.83 points
82nd: Stockton (San Joaquin County) – 45.55 points
84th: Long Beach (Los Angeles County) – 45.49 points
86th: Modesto (Stanislaus County) – 45.16 points
89th: Glendale (Los Angeles County) – 44.94 points
90th: Oceanside (San Diego County) – 44.91 points
98th: Chula Vista (San Diego County) – 44.12 points
118Th: Irvine (Orange County) – 42.85 points
119th: Huntington Beach (Orange County) – 42.80 points
130Th: Oxnard (Ventura County) – 41.56 points
136th: Riverside (Riverside County) – 41.00 points
139th: Fremont (Alameda County) – 40.80 points
142nd: Santa Clarita (Los Angeles County) – 40.46 points
161st: San Bernardino (San Bernardino County) – 38.32 points
163rd: Ontario (San Bernardino County) – 37.89 points
168th: Rancho Cucamonga (San Bernardino County) – 36.49 points
177th: Fontana (San Bernardino County) – 32.10 points
Moreno Valley, located in Riverside County, was ranked 180th on the list, making it the lowest-ranked California city in the study. The city earned 32.10 points for its overall score.
The complete study can be viewed here.
Portland, Oregon, was considered the top food city in the U.S. The city earned an overall score of 69.96.
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