The 50 Most Caffeinated Cities in America

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According to the National Coffee Association's annual report, a whopping 64 percent of Americans now drink at least one cup of coffee on a daily basis. What's more, if you look at recent USDA figures, we collectively import a staggering 3.3 billion pounds of coffee each year. And if I had to bet, you're probably no more a stone's throw away from one—or several, depending on your city—of the 13,000 Starbucks in America.

Yes, we sure do love our coffee—and it's a love that has been immortalized in many a geographical caricature. You know: the over-caffeinated over-achiever from New York, or the soy-latte-loving health nut from Los Angeles, or the diehard iced coffee drinker from Boston. But even though these cities have earned rightful places as colloquial coffee capitals, one question remains: How do these well-held beliefs hold up in the face of science? What cities are truly the most caffeinated in the country? We decided to find out.

We started with a gargantuan list of the most populous cities in the United States and ranked each locale on four factors: total number of coffee shops (courtesy of Yelp), number of coffee shops per 100K people (thanks to the Census Bureau), annual value of "sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done" (also thanks to the Census Bureau), and average price of a cappuccino, with the lowest price ranking the best (Numbeo.com). From there, we averaged each city's rank on each of these four metrics to determine an overall average ranking: its caffeinated city score. (Note: The Census Bureau did not provide the sales and shipments values for a handful of the less populated cities, so in those cases, we calculated the averages of the other three metrics.)

Like a highly caffeinated game of golf, the lowest number is the winningest score. We're sure you'll be startled to see the truth. And if you find yourself among the one-third of Americans who don't indulge in the stuff, well, you  may want to familiarize yourself with the 75 Amazing Benefits of Coffee.

50
Arlington, TX

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Population: 396,394
Total # of coffee shops: 222
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 56
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $34.53 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.89
Caffeinated City Score: 38.25

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And to learn which cities score highest for indulging in other types of beverages, check out The 100 Drunkest Cities in America.

49
Milwaukee, WI

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Population: 595,351
Total # of coffee shops: 277
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 47
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: N/A
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.16
Caffeinated City Score: 38

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And for more insightful city rankings, don't miss The 100 Happiest Cities in America.

48
Richmond, VA

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Population: 227,032
Total # of coffee shops: 175
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 77
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $19.48 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.46
Caffeinated City Score: 37.75

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And for a pro tip on how to be most efficient with your coffee-drinking experience, be sure to check out This Is the Secret Second Use of Your Coffee Cup Lid.

47
Indianapolis, IN

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Population: 863,002
Total # of coffee shops: 280
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 32
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $83.92 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.10
Caffeinated City Score: 36.25

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46
Virginia Beach, VA

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Population: 450,435
Total # of coffee shops: 271
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 60
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $50.33 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.97
Caffeinated City Score: 34

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45
Colorado Springs, CO

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Population: 464,474
Total # of coffee shops: 215
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 46
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: N/A
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.78
Caffeinated City Score: 34

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44
Irvine, CA

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Population: 277,453
Total # of coffee shops: 215
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 77
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: N/A
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.02
Caffeinated City Score: 33

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43
Jersey City, NJ

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Population: 270,753
Total # of coffee shops: 235
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 87
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $26.81 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.75

Caffeinated City Score: 32.75

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42
Newark, NJ

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Population: 285,154
Total # of coffee shops: 190
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 67
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $36.1 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.17
Caffeinated City Score: 32.5

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41
Reno, NV

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Population: 248,853
Total # of coffee shops: 181
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 73
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: N/A
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.77
Caffeinated City Score: 32.33

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40
Minneapolis, MN

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Population: 422,331
Total # of coffee shops: 315
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 75
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $68.8 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.31
Caffeinated City Score: 32.25

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39
Oklahoma City, OK

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Population: 643,648
Total # of coffee shops: 194
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 30
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $85.3 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.56
Caffeinated City Score: 32.25

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38
Jacksonville, FL

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Population: 892,062
Total # of coffee shops: 211
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 24
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $93.41 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.59
Caffeinated City Score: 32

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37
Charlotte, NC

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Population: 859,035
Total # of coffee shops: 416
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 48
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $97.17 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.31
Caffeinated City Score: 31.75

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36
Boston, MA

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Population: 685,094
Total # of coffee shops: 590
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 86
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: N/A
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.81
Caffeinated City Score: 31

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35
San Antonio, TX

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Population: 1,511,946
Total # of coffee shops: 413
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 27
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $98.83 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.94
Caffeinated City Score: 30

And if you prefer to brew your own cup of joe, be sure to bone up on The 15 Best Coffee Makers on the Planet.

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34
Buffalo, NY

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Population: 258,612
Total # of coffee shops: 190
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 73
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: N/A
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.67
Caffeinated City Score: 30

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33
Baltimore, MD

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Population: 611,648
Total # of coffee shops: 436
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 71
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $49.2 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.00
Caffeinated City Score: 29.75

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32
Orlando, FL

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Population: 280,257
Total # of coffee shops: 239
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 85
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $54.69 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.95
Caffeinated City Score: 29.5

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31
Honolulu, HI

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Population: 350,395
Total # of coffee shops: 386
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 110
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $84.94 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.83
Caffeinated City Score: 29

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30
Cleveland, OH

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Population: 385,525
Total # of coffee shops: 312
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 81
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $24.67 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.42
Caffeinated City Score: 28.5

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29
Oakland, CA

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Population: 425,195
Total # of coffee shops: 332
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 78
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $49.41 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.88
Caffeinated City Score: 28

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28
Tampa, FL

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Population: 385,430
Total # of coffee shops: 370
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 96
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $53.19 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.11
Caffeinated City Score: 28

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27
Detroit, MI

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Population: 673,104
Total # of coffee shops: 599
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 89
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: N/A
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.61
Caffeinated City Score: 27.75

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26
Phoenix, AZ

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Population: 1,626,078
Total # of coffee shops: 728
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 45
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $127.44 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.32
Caffeinated City Score: 27.75

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25
Raleigh, NC

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Population: 464,758
Total # of coffee shops: 369
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 79
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $67.9 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.09
Caffeinated City Score: 27.75

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24
Cincinnati, OH

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Population: 301,301
Total # of coffee shops: 280
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 93
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: N/A
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.09
Caffeinated City Score: 27.33

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23
Atlanta, GA

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Population: 486,290
Total # of coffee shops: 306
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 93
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $93.25 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.90
Caffeinated City Score: 26.75

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22
Denver, CO

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Population: 704,621
Total # of coffee shops: 488
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 69
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $121.33 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.26
Caffeinated City Score: 26.75

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21
Dallas, TX

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Population: 1,341,075
Total # of coffee shops: 705
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 53
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $111.83 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.28
Caffeinated City Score: 26.5

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20
Columbus, OH

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Population: 879,170
Total # of coffee shops: 308
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 35
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $103.52 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.61
Caffeinated City Score: 26.25

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19
Austin, TX

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Population: 950,715
Total # of coffee shops: 735
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 77
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $126.18 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.57
Caffeinated City Score: 24.75

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18
Houston, TX

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Population: 2,312,717
Total # of coffee shops: 958
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 41
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $213.74 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.24
Caffeinated City Score: 24.5

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17
Kansas City, MO

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Population: 488,943
Total # of coffee shops: 407
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 83
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $44.68 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.72
Caffeinated City Score: 24.5

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16
Chicago, IL

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Population: 2,716,450
Total # of coffee shops: 992
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 37
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $385.94 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.21
Caffeinated City Score: 23.75

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15
Fort Worth, TX

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Population: 874,168
Total # of coffee shops: 549
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 63
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $56.32 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.74
Caffeinated City Score: 23.5

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14
San Diego, CA

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Population: 1,419,516
Total # of coffee shops: 798
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 56
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $225.19 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.29
Caffeinated City Score: 23.5

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13
Philadelphia, PA

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Population: 1,580,863
Total # of coffee shops: 550
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 35
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $167.49 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.83
Caffeinated City Score: 23

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12
New Orleans, LA

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Population: 393,292
Total # of coffee shops: 392
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 100
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $62.7 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.94
Caffeinated City Score: 22.75

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11
San Jose, CA

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Population: 1,035,317
Total # of coffee shops: 602
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 58
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $142.75 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.06
Caffeinated City Score: 22

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10
Sacramento, CA

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Population: 501,901
Total # of coffee shops: 531
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 106
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: 68,365
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.03
Caffeinated City Score: 21.25

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9
Washington, DC

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Population: 693,972
Total # of coffee shops: 558
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 80
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $145.45 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.14
Caffeinated City Score: 20.75

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8
Pittsburgh, PA

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Population: 302,407
Total # of coffee shops: 248
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 82
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $70.92 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.44
Caffeinated City Score: 20.5

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7
Miami, FL

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Population: 463,347
Total # of coffee shops: 444
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 96
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $53.61 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.67
Caffeinated City Score: 19.75

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6
Las Vegas, NV

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Population: 641,676
Total # of coffee shops: 560
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 87
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $64.15 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.83
Caffeinated City Score: 19.25

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5
New York, NY

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Population: 8,622,698
Total # of coffee shops: 5,445
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 63
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $1.39 billion
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.25
Caffeinated City Score: 19

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4
Los Angeles, CA

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Population: 3,999,759
Total # of coffee shops: 3,163
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 79
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $530.68 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.28
Caffeinated City Score: 17.75

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3
Seattle, WA

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Population: 724,745
Total # of coffee shops: 854
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 118
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $243.35 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.33
Caffeinated City Score: 17

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2
San Francisco, CA

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Population: 884,363
Total # of coffee shops: 1,237
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 140
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $336.02 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $4.46
Caffeinated City Score: 16.5

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1
Portland, OR

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Population: 647,805
Total # of coffee shops: 685
# of coffee shops per 100K people: 106
Annual value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done: $165.87 million
Average price of a cappuccino: $3.94
Caffeinated City Score: 13.5

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