The 50 Most Caffeinated Cities in America

Where coffee is king

The 50 Most Caffeinated Cities in America

Where coffee is king

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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.

arlington tx most caffeinated cities

50
Arlington, TX

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.

milwaukee wi most caffeinated cities

49
Milwaukee, WI

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.

richmond va most caffeinated cities

48
Richmond, VA

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.

Indianapolis most caffeinated cities

47
Indianapolis, IN

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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virginia beach most caffeinated cities

46
Virginia Beach, VA

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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colorado springs most caffeinated cities

45
Colorado Springs, CO

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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irvine ca most caffeinated cities

44
Irvine, CA

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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jersey city nj most caffeinated cities

43
Jersey City, NJ

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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newark nj most caffeinated cities

42
Newark, NJ

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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reno nv most caffeinated cities

41
Reno, NV

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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minneapolis mn most caffeinated cities

40
Minneapolis, MN

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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oklahoma city ok most caffeinated cities

39
Oklahoma City, OK

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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jacksonville most caffeinated cities

38
Jacksonville, FL

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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charlotte nc most caffeinated cities

37
Charlotte, NC

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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boston ma most caffeinated cities

36
Boston, MA

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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san antonio tx most caffeinated cities

35
San Antonio, TX

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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buffalo ny most caffeinated cities

34
Buffalo, NY

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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baltimore md most caffeinated cities

33
Baltimore, MD

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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orlando fl most caffeinated cities

32
Orlando, FL

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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honolulu most caffeinated cities

31
Honolulu, HI

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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cleveland oh most caffeinated cities

30
Cleveland, OH

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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oakland ca most caffeinated cities

29
Oakland, CA

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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tampa fl most caffeinated cities

28
Tampa, FL

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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detroit mi most caffeinated cities

27
Detroit, MI

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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phoenix za most caffeinated cities

26
Phoenix, AZ

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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raleigh nc most caffeinated cities

25
Raleigh, NC

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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And for more useful information on America’s cities, don’t miss The 50 Cleanest Cities in the World.

cincinnati oh most caffeinated cities

24
Cincinnati, OH

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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atlanta ga most caffeinated cities

23
Atlanta, GA

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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denver co most caffeinated cities

22
Denver, CO

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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dallas tx most caffeinated cities

21
Dallas, TX

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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columbus oh most caffeinated cities

20
Columbus, OH

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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austin tx most caffeinated cities

19
Austin, TX

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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houston tx most caffeinated cities

18
Houston, TX

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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kansas city mo most caffeinated cities

17
Kansas City, MO

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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chicago il most caffeinated cities

16
Chicago, IL

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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fort worth tx most caffeinated cities

15
Fort Worth, TX

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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san diego ca most caffeinated cities

14
San Diego, CA

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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philadelphia pa most caffeinated cities

13
Philadelphia, PA

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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new orleans la most caffeinated cities

12
New Orleans, LA

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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san jose ca most caffeinated cities

11
San Jose, CA

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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sacramento ca most caffeinated cities

10
Sacramento, CA

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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washington dc most caffeinated cities

9
Washington, DC

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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pittsburgh pa most caffeinated cities

8
Pittsburgh, PA

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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miami most caffeinated cities

7
Miami, FL

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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las vegas most caffeinated cities

6
Las Vegas, NV

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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new york ny most caffeinated cities

5
New York, NY

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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los angeles ca most caffeinated cities

4
Los Angeles, CA

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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seattle wa most caffeinated cities

3
Seattle, WA

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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san francisco ca most caffeinated cities

2
San Francisco, CA

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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portland or most caffeinated cities

1
Portland, OR

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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And for more on how America’s cities stack up, don’t miss The 50 Most Humid Places in America.

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