MIRAMAR, FL - NOVEMBER 18: Terry Cheung prepares a pizza pie to be served to students at Everglades High School on November 18, 2011 in Miramar, Florida. Monday evening the United States Congress passed a spending bill with a provision that would allow schools to count pizza as a vegetable. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Boston is very well known for its pizza. I’d put Boston up against any major city in the country in regards to pizza. When I think of pizza cities, I think of amount of pizza places, best bang for your buck, the type of pizza available and obviously the best tasting pizza.

The website www.anytimeestimate.com has put together a list of the Best Pizza Cities in America.

Now what do they base it on? According to the site, “we analyzed publicly available U.S. business data, Census data, economic and labor statistics, and Google Trends data, as well as findings from Thrillist, Pizza Today, Expensivity, and Menu With Price.”

They come up with this list every year so this data is new for 2022. This is how the criteria is weighed:

  • 5x: Google Trends interest in 20 pizza variations
  • 3x: Pizza restaurants per 100,000 residents
  • 2x: Pizza restaurants per square mile
  • 2x: Google Trends interest in general pizza terms
  • 1x: Independent pizza restaurants per 100,000 residents
  • 1x: Average price and affordability of cheese pizza (the cheaper the better)
  • 1x: Average price and affordability of pepperoni pizza (the cheaper the better)
  • 1x: Big chain pizza restaurants per 100,000 residents

You may be surprised as to where Boston falls on this list. Or then again maybe you won’t. They made the top five which I believe is a great score. Although according to Anytime Estimate, they gave extra points to cities with large amounts of independent pizza places which Boston definitely has.

They also gave penalties to cities that have large amounts of pizza chains. Believe it or not, New York City did NOT make the top 15, purely because of its low share of independent pizzerias. Detroit ranks first for “pizza passion” and has the most independent pizza places per capita.

Let’s take a look at the rest of the top pizza cities in America.

  • #13 Minneapolis, MN

    Minneapolis boasts 8.8 pizza places per 1,000 residents. The average cost of a cheese pizza slice here is $8.61.Here’s the highest ranked pizza joint in Minneapolis

    WRECKTANGLE PIZZA

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  • #12 Tampa, FL

    Tampa boasts 8.1 pizza places per $1,000 residents. The average cost of a cheese pizza slice is $8.73. The highest ranked pizza joint in Tampa is

    Due Amici Pizza & Pasta Bar

    Pizzeria with late-night hours offering NYC-style pies, garlic knots & beer, plus subs & appetizers.

  • #11 Baltimore, MD

    Baltimore boasts 9.8 pizza places per $1,000 residents. The average cost of a cheese pizza slice is $9.46 The highest ranked pizza joint in Baltimore is

    https://www.angelispizzeria.com/

  • #10 Norfolk, VA

    Norfolk boasts 8.2 pizza places per $1,000 residents. The average cost of a cheese pizza slice is $8.02 The highest ranked pizza joint in Baltimore is:

    https://www.del-vecchios.com/

  • #9 Philadelphia, PA

    Philadelphia boasts 9.7 pizza places per $1,000 residents. The average cost of a cheese pizza slice is $9.71 The highest ranked pizza joint in Philly is: 

    The Angelo Pizza

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  • #8 St. Louis, MO

    St. Louis boasts 10.9 pizza places per $1,000 residents. The average cost of a cheese pizza slice is $6.61 The highest ranked pizza joint in St. Louis is:

    Pie Guy Pizza

    Hand-tossed New York style pizza in The Grove, St. Louis. By the slice, or get a whole pie! Open late-night.

  • #7 Providence, RI

    Providence boasts 12.5 pizza places per $1,000 residents. The average cost of a cheese pizza slice is $9.00 The highest ranked pizza joint in Providence is 

    Jeff's Pizza - East Providence, RI

    At Jeffs we strive to provide guests with great pizza through high-quality ingredients and great service. Our pizza dough is naturally leavened sourdough and is made in-house daily. We are a take-out heavy pizzeria, but we do offer limited dine-in options.

  • #6 Indianapolis, IN

    Indianapolis boasts 9.3 pizza places per $1,000 residents. The average cost of a cheese pizza slice is $6.98 The highest ranked pizza joint in Indianapolis is 

    Manhattan Pizzeria

    View the menu, hours, address, and photos for Manhattan Pizzeria in Indianapolis, IN. Order online for delivery or pickup on Slicelife.com

  • #5 Pittsburgh, PA

    Pittsburgh boasts 15.2 pizza joints per 1,000 residents. The average cost of a cheese slice is $8.93. The highest ranked pizza joint in Pittsburgh is:

    Pizza Restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA | Pizza Restaurant Near Me | Pizza Lupo

    Pizza Lupo is a pizza restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA, that serves authentic, memorable, and innovative pizza. Click here.

  • #4 Boston

    Boston boasts 14.0 pizza joints per 1,000 residents. The average cost of a cheese slice is $9.07. The highest ranked pizza joint in Boston is Santarpio’s

    Santarpio's Pizza

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  • #3 Columbus, OH

    Columbus boasts 13.1 pizza joints per 1,000 residents. The average cost of a cheese slice is $8.14. The highest ranked pizza joint in Columbus is

    Home - Teritas Pizza

    "Good, old fashioned pizza!!" If you like Mom and Pop pizza places, but find they often use too much garlic, you will love this place. Great meat, cheese, sauce and crust and they aren't skimpy with the toppings. Terita's is far better than the chain pizza places! Brian H.

  • #2 Cleveland, OH

    Cleveland boasts 12.3 pizza joints per 1,000 residents. The average cost of a cheese slice is $7.64. The highest ranked pizza joint in Cleveland is

    IL RIONE PIZZERIA

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  • #1 Detroit, MI

    Detroit boasts 11.5 pizza joints per 1,000 residents. The average cost of a cheese slice is $8.29. The highest ranked pizza joint in Detroit is

    https://www.michigantrumbullpizza.com/