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.
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.
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.
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.