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.