Does your town have enough bars and restaurants? Real estate trends blog Trulia mapped out the metro areas with the highest concentration of restaurants and bars to help you find out.
Using numbers from the Census Bureau's County Business Patterns, Trulia calculated the number of restaurants or bars the top 100 metropolitan areas had per 10,000 households. This map shows the density of restaurants, which they defined as sit-down places with waiter/waitress service. The darker the area, the more restaurants they have per capita:
The city with the most restaurants per capita: San Francisco, with more than 39 restaurants per 10,000 households. As a town by the water, it fit in with all the other top ten cities—as you can see, the coasts are generally darker than the midwest.
The map showing towns with a higher bar density looks very different. Like the restaurant map, the darker an area is, the more bars it has per 10,000 households.
Now, many of the smaller metros shine in bright red. The town with the highest density is unsurprising: New Orleans, a notorious tourist-destination party town, with 8.6 bars per 10,000 households. Many of the other cities at the top of the list are less obvious: Milwaukee, Omaha, Pittsburgh, and Toledo. Or maybe it should be obvious because there's nothing else to do in those places? (Kidding! We're sure they're all fine places to live.)
It's also interesting to compare the two maps. Florida, for example, is a high restaurant density state with a low bar density, suggesting the senior citizens and families of Florida like to eat out but not drink out. The west side of Pennsylvania, on the other hand, is more of a drinking area than an eating one: It has a higher bar density than restaurant density.
Trulia also tracked the average price per square foot of top restaurant and bar heavy cities, so you can see how much money you could save to buy food and booze. Check it out here.
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