Grand Rapids is 25th best ‘foodie’ city in US


A pair of women dine on the rooftop patio at Rockwell Republic in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy Experience Grand Rapids

A new report says Grand Rapids is among the best culinary hotspots in the country.

Grand Rapids ranks 25th in the ranking of the “Best Foodie Cities in America” by the personal finance site Wallethub. The ranking was published yesterday.

WalletHub compared 182 cities across two key categories of the foodie lifestyle, whether dining out or at home: affordability; and diversity, accessibility and quality.

The categories were evaluated using 30 metrics: such as cost of groceries; affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants; and farmers markets, CSA programs and food festivals per capita. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing “the most favorable conditions and costs for foodies.”

Grand Rapids received an overall score of 50.49. It ranks No. 5 for affordability and No. 40 for diversity, accessibility and quality.

Top 10

1.   Portland, Oregon
2.   New York
3.   Miami
4.   San Francisco
5.   Los Angeles
6.   Las Vegas
7.   San Diego
8.   Seattle
9.   Chicago
10. Austin, Texas

Bottom 10

173. Columbus, Georgia
174. Nampa, Idaho
175. Montgomery, Alabama
176. Fremont, California
177. Moreno Valley, California
178. West Valley City, Utah
179. Augusta, Georgia
180. Jackson, Mississippi
181. Juneau, Alaska
182. Pearl City, Hawaii

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