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Ranked: The Best American Cities for Vegans and Vegetarians

Although there’s still a huge majority of people who don't consider themselves strictly vegan or vegetarian, awareness is growing of the environmental and health benefits of eating more vegetables.

EVE WATLING: ‘It’s more likely than ever that your next-door neighbor, office workmate or your Tinder date will turn out be vegan too.Although the percentage of vegans in the U.S. remains small, a recent Gallup poll shows that numbers are slowly inching upwards. In July 2018, three percent of people considered themselves to be vegan, up from two percent in 2012. And although there’s still a huge majority of people who don’t consider themselves strictly vegan or vegetarian, awareness is growing of the environmental and health benefits of eating more vegetables.

The Gallup poll found that sales of plant-based food grew by more than eight percent in 2017, with sales exceeding $3.1 billion last year. Still, some cities are better than others when it comes to providing meat alternatives. Personal finance website WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities in the U.S. to see which provided the best environment for vegans and vegetarians. As well as looking at the sheer number of food options available, they also ranked affordability, accessibility, quality and lifestyle for meat-free living in each city’. SOURCE…

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