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Richmond named among nation’s best cities for foodies, ranks first in breweries per capita

The survey, put together by consumer finance website WalletHub, analyzed 150 U.S. cities using 20 different food-centric metrics.

Trevor Dickerson



Richmond is tied for first place in the number of craft breweries and wineries per capita with a handful of other cities nationwide, personal finance website WalletHub says in their newly-released “Best & Worst Foodie Cities” for 2016. The River City ranks ninth overall when it comes to the best cities for foodies when several other metrics are averaged and compared to other ranked cities.

To find the best and cheapest foodie scenes in the U.S., WalletHub compared the 150 most populated cities across 21 key metrics, ranging from cost of groceries to affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants and number of food festivals per capita.

Richmond was more or less tied for first with San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, and several other cities, but edged them all out with 11 breweries within the city limit (thanks, Scott’s Addition!).

“For this specific key metric, 11 cities tied as we awarded 100 points to the cities with more than 10 craft breweries & wineries per 100,000 residents,” said Diana Popa, WalletHub’s communications manager, in an email to RVAHub. “Richmond ranked first with almost 11 craft breweries and wineries.” She tells us Richmond does not appear on the linked infographic simply because only the most populous cities were included.

Richmond comes in third per capita for number of grocery stores and sixth for restaurants–two facts which will probably come as no surprise to long-time residents.

The full list of rankings for Richmond’s foodie friendliness are as follows, where 1 is best and 75 is the national average:

  • 27th – Cost of Groceries
  • 6th – Number of Restaurants per Capita
  • 30th – Ratio of Full-Service Restaurants to Fast-Food Establishments
  • 21st – Number of Gourmet Specialty-Food Stores per Capita
  • 1st – Number of Craft Breweries & Wineries per Capita
  • 36th – Number of Coffee & Tea Shops per Capita
  • 6th – Number of Ice-Cream & Frozen-Yogurt Shops per Capita
  • 3rd – Number of Grocery Stores per Capita

Check out the full study here and explore the interactive nationwide map below.

Source: WalletHub

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.