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America’s favorites: The most popular foods in every state

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Despite peaking in popularity in the early 2000s, low-carb diets remain a staple of the fitness and nutrition industry. However, these diets have not abated America’s love of carbohydrates.

The health of the country hurts because of it — obesity rates are still rising — but the data shows that the country’s most popular foods continue to be the most carbohydrate-laden.

From pizza to sandwiches and baked goods, we can’t get enough.

Using the most recent 2014 estimates from the American Community Survey and Dun and Bradstreet, the experts at FindTheHome discovered the most popular food in every state. The food type with the highest density per 100,000 people is considered the most popular. Pizza is the fan-favorite in most states, with baked goods and Mexican food taking the lead in many others. Previously, FindTheHome used the same data providers to find the pizza capital and bakery capital of every state.

Advocates maintain that government subsidies of crops like corn, wheat and feed grains enable the production of processed food. Add in the demand from the American public, and it’s unlikely that the food industry will slow the pizza production line. However, looking at current obesity rates and the ineffectiveness of national health policies such as Healthy People 2020, a federal initiative to eliminate preventable diseases, like obesity, it’s clear that what we’re doing isn’t working.

Source: Sabrina Perry/Graphiq

Mississippi

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 2,984,345

Louisiana

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 

 
Population: 4,601,049

Utah

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 2,858,111

Alabama

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 4,817,678

Oklahoma

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 

 
Population: 3,818,851

Hawaii

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 

 
Population: 1,392,704

Georgia

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 9,907,756

South Carolina

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 

 
Population: 4,727,273

Washington

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 6,899,123

Arkansas

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 2,947,036

Nebraska

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
 

 
Population: 1,855,617

Wyoming

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 575,251

Nevada

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 2,761,584

New Mexico

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 2,080,085

Arizona

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 6,561,516

North Carolina

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 

 
Population: 9,750,405

Idaho

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 1,599,464

Tennessee

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 6,451,365

Alaska

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 728,300

Wisconsin

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops
 

 
Population: 5,724,692

California

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
 

 
Population: 38,066,920

Virginia

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
 

 
Population: 8,185,131

North Dakota

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops
 

 
Population: 704,925

South Dakota

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 

 
Population: 834,708

Missouri

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 6,028,076

Kansas

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 

 
Population: 2,882,946

Oregon

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 3,900,343

Maryland

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
 

 
Population: 5,887,776

Minnesota

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops
 

 
Population: 5,383,661

Colorado

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 5,197,580

Kentucky

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 

 
Population: 4,383,272

Illinois

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
 

 
Population: 12,868,747

Montana

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 

 
Population: 1,006,370

Maine

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Seafood
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 1,328,535

Texas

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 

 
Population: 26,092,033

West Virginia

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 

 
Population: 1,853,881

Vermont

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: American Food
 

 
Population: 626,358

Indiana

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
 

 
Population: 6,542,411

Iowa

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 

 
Population: 3,078,116

Michigan

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops
 

 
Population: 9,889,024

Florida

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
 

 
Population: 19,361,792

Delaware

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
 

 
Population: 917,060

New York

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops
 

 
Population: 19,594,330

New Jersey

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops
 

 
Population: 8,874,374

Ohio

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops
 

 
Population: 11,560,380

Connecticut

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
 

 
Population: 3,592,053

Rhode Island

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 1,053,252

Massachusetts

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
 

 
Population: 6,657,291

New Hampshire

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 

 
Population: 1,321,069

Pennsylvania

 

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
 
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
 
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
 
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
 

 
Population: 12,758,729

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