NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Food on display at Fresh & Raw: A Vegan Dinner hosted by Matthew Kenney, Daphne Cheng and Tyler Kord as a part of the Bank of America Dinner Series during the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented By FOOD & WINE at Park Lane Hotel on October 16, 2014 in New York City.

Bad news for vegans and vegetarians in the state. One North Carolina city was ranked one of the worst for vegans and vegetarians in the country. The rankings were compiled by WalletHub by ranking the 100 most populated cities across three key dimensions: 1) Affordability, 2) Diversity, Accessibility & Quality and 3) Vegetarian Lifestyle. And of the five North Carolina cities that fall into the top 50, three were in the bottom 50% and all were in the bottom 60%. And one, well it’s the bottom 10 percent of the country.

You may not realize it but approximately 15.5 million U.S. adults are either vegan or vegetarian. Even with that large of a number, it can still be difficult to find vegan/vegetarian-friendly items at restaurants. And when the options are there they tend to be higher priced. But some cities are better equipped for those choosing a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle. And thankfully there are several cities that fit that bill.  Many of the cities that are conducive to this type of diet are on the west coast. Though two of the top 10 are in Florida.

To determine the best and cheapest places for a plant-based diet, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities. They did this across 17 key indicators of vegan- and vegetarian-friendliness. Each city was examined based on metrics such as the cost of groceries for vegetarians, the share of restaurants serving meatless options, and salad shops per capita.

You can view the full study here or keep reading to see where each of the largest North Carolina cities ranked in regards to their appeal to vegans and vegetarians. You’ll also see the Top 10 cities.

  • Where The NC Cities Rank

  • 46. Raleigh, NC


    Total Score: 41.65

    Affordability: 47

    Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 54

    Vegetarian Lifestyle: 42

  • 47. Charlotte, NC

    North Carolina Greenest Cities

    Total Score: 41.63

    Affordability: 56

    Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 43

    Vegetarian Lifestyle: 6

  • 81. Winston-Salem, NC

    Winston Salem

    Total Score: 35.97

    Affordability: 49

    Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 68

    Vegetarian Lifestyle: 90

  • 88. Durham, NC

    Durham NC

    Total Score: 32.86

    Affordability: 87

    Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 60

    Vegetarian Lifestyle: 13

  • 93. Greensboro, NC

    Greensboro skyline

    Total Score: 31.30

    Affordability: 58

    Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 56

    Vegetarian Lifestyle: 91

  • Top 10 Cities For Vegetarians and Vegans

  • 1. Portland, OR

    Portland OR

    Portland, Oregon, USA downtown skyline with Mt. Hood at dawn.

    Total Score:  61.15

    Affordability: 38

    Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 5

    Vegetarian Lifestyle: 27

  • 2. Orlando, FL


    Orlando downtown skyline panorama over Lake Eola at night with urban skyscrapers, tropic palm tree and clear sky.

    Total Score: 56.49

    Affordability: 37

    Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 2

    Vegetarian Lifestyle: 15

  • 3. Los Angeles, CA

    Los Angeles

    Total Score: 52.97

    Affordability: 45

    Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 17

    Vegetarian Lifestyle: 2

  • 4. Phoenix, AZ


    Total Score: 52.81

    Affordability: 19

    Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 13

    Vegetarian Lifestyle: 65

  • 5. Austin, TX


    Total Score: 52.81

    Affordability: 19

    Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 13

    Vegetarian Lifestyle: 65

  • 6. Seattle, WA


    Panoramic view of Seattle cityscape and Space Needle at sunset, Washington, USA

    Total Score: 51.95

    Affordability: 92

    Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 3

    Vegetarian Lifestyle: 3

  • 7. San Francisco, CA

    San Fransisco

    The crookedest street in the world Lombard street at dawn. San Francisco is lightened by morning sun.

    Total Score: 51.74

    Affordability: 99

    Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 1

    Vegetarian Lifestyle: 1

  • 8. Tampa, FL


    Tampa, Florida, USA downtown skyline on the bay at dawn.

    Total Score: 50.90

    Affordability: 62

    Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 9

    Vegetarian Lifestyle: 5

  • 9. San Diego, CA

    San Diego

    Total Score: 50.78

    Affordability: 35

    Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 8

    Vegetarian Lifestyle: 19

  • 10. Lexington-Fayette, KY


    Aerial view of Jacobson Park Lake and Richmond Road in Lexington, Kentucky

    Total Score: 50.47

    Affordability: 15

    Diversity, Accessibility, & Quality: 63

    Vegetarian Lifestyle: 35

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