Atlanta Rankings in U.S. Restaurant & Food Spending!

by Steven Josovitz

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Bundle looked at U.S. food spending overall, with breakdowns of money spent on groceries and in restaurants. (Click here for a breakdown of U.S. food spending by age range, income, and household status in 2009, and read our story on what it all means.) Above, we examined major U.S. cities spending habits when it comes to groceries and restaurants. Of note:

• Austin, TX, residents spend almost twice ($6,301) the US annual average for dining out.
• In fact, five average Detroit households (the nation’s lowest spenders) can eat on one Austinite’s food budget.
• If Manhattan were its own city, it would be No. 1 for food spending ($13,079) and No. 1 for share of food budget spent on restaurants (59%).
• In Atlanta, dining out accounts for 57% percent of the city’s average total food and drink spending annually, the highest in the US and 28% higher than the US average.
• Denver residents allocate 22 percent of their daily spending to food, more than any other big city in the country.

All of our spending data is available for free at, and our methodology is described in depth here. We encourage you to dig into the data for your demographic and city, and tell us how much you’re spending, or saving, on food.

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