Meatless in Miami? A study says it’s one of country’s Top 10 cities for vegans.

Roasted carrot salad with arugula and pomegranate, (Andrew Scrivani/The New York Times)

Finally, a study that doesn’t make Miami seem like a crap hole. According to analysis from WalletHub, Miami is the ninth best U.S. city for vegans and vegetarians.

Vegan and Vegetarian Dining in Miami
Miami has a lot of dining options for vegans and vegetarians, even if Miami residents don’t actually live vegan lifestyles. (Masson Liang/della test kitchen)

READ: 14 Amazing, Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Miami

The city ranks below New York at No. 1, Portland, Oregon; Orlando, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington, D.C.; and Scottsdale, Arizona. Miami beats out San Diego, which rounds out the country’s top 10. The rankings are based on three categories: the affordability of vegetarian groceries and meals; the diversity, accessibility and quality of vegetarian food at restaurants and in the community; and the quality of the vegan and vegetarian lifestyle.

Miami has a lot of vegan and vegetarian dining options, even if residents do not live a vegan lifestyle. This is a beet, pear and green apple drink at The Juicery Bar, 635 Brickell Key Drive.

There are about 8 million vegan and vegetarian adults in the United States, according to a 2016 poll. And while Miami is a welcome place for people who choose to avoid meat and other animal products, there is still room for improvement.

Based on metrics in the WalletHub report, Miami fails to produce a lifestyle that is friendly for vegan and vegetarian. Its residents eat less fresh produce and don’t order vegetarian options as much as people living in other cities.

READ: Vegan comfort food is a thing. Here’s where to find it.

But what the city lacks in (actual) vegan living, it makes up for in dining options. According to WalletHub, Miami succeeds at providing vegans and vegetarians with quality restaurants, access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and an abundance of farmers markets. In fact, Miami ranks third in the “diversity, accessibility and quality” categories — just under New York and San Francisco. The city has the most community gardens, the fifth most salad restaurants and the second most juice and smoothie bars per person when compared to other large U.S. cities.

We even have a vegetarian nightclub and gastropub.

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