Move and give way as California rules the United States' food hub this year 2022.


    Having a wide range of delicacies and spectacular food stops that encompasses almost all kinds of culture and nationalities throughout the world, the state of California is truly a melting pot and an undisputed powerhouse in the food industry of the United States. 

    This notion can only be fortified by the fact that the three of its cities have reached reputable mark and distinction from a notable study.

    Recently, personal finance website WalletHub has released the result of their comparative study of cities across the U.S. on which place has generally the best food service and accommodation. The research is based on the preferences of "foodies", which are classified people who "enjoy discovering new and unique flavors wherever they can find them, including in their own kitchens and less prominent establishments like street food stalls."

    As such, California cities like San Francisco (fourth), Sacramento (sixth), and San Diego (tenth) have landed on their Top 10 ladder of 'Best Foodie Cities' amongst 182 ranked places. 

Bodega SF, one of the finest restaurants in San Francisco | Image courtesy: Erin Ng/ Eater San Francisco

    WalletHub based their study on 29 food-related metrics which includes restaurants per capita and sales tax. Then, these 29 standards are compiled into two categories: 1.) affordability and diversity, and; 2.) accessibility and quality.

    All of the 182 cities in the study were graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 as the best score possible. At fourth-best, San Francisco had a 65.10 score. Sacramento, being at the fourth, got 62.89 overall score. Finally, San Diego registered 60.78 points for the 10th best record.

Mourhit Drissi and his Casablanca Morrocan Restaurant in Sacramento | Image courtesy: Sacramento Bee

Dija Mara, a popular and modern Indonesian food stop in San Diego | Image courtesy: Eater San Diego

    The city of Portland in the state of Oregon earned the top place on the ranking of the best foodie cities in the U.S. with an overall score of 69.96.

    Below is the ranking of all California cities on the study of WalletHub:

    4th: San Francisco – 65.10 points

    6th: Sacramento – 62.89 points

    10th: San Diego – 60.78 points

    15th: Los Angeles – 58.16

    20th:  Oakland (Alameda County) – 56.23 points

    39th: Santa Ana (Orange County) – 51.41 points

    45th: San Jose (Santa Clara County) – 49.98 points

    49th: Anaheim (Orange County) – 49.53 points

    63rd: Fresno (Fresno County) – 48.25 points

    71st: Santa Rosa (Sonoma County) – 46.47 points

    76th: Bakersfield (Kern County) – 45.97 points

    77th: Garden Grove (Orange County) – 45.83 points

    82nd: Stockton (San Joaquin County) – 45.55 points

    84th: Long Beach (Los Angeles County) – 45.49 points

    86th: Modesto (Stanislaus County) – 45.16 points

    89th: Glendale (Los Angeles County) – 44.94 points

    90th: Oceanside (San Diego County) – 44.91 points

    98th: Chula Vista (San Diego County) – 44.12 points

    118th: Irvine (Orange County) – 42.85 points

    119th: Huntington Beach (Orange County) – 42.80 points

    130Th: Oxnard (Ventura County) – 41.56 points

    136th: Riverside (Riverside County) – 41.00 points

    139th: Fremont (Alameda County) – 40.80 points

    142nd: Santa Clarita (Los Angeles County) – 40.46 points

    161st: San Bernardino (San Bernardino County) – 38.32 points

    163rd: Ontario (San Bernardino County) – 37.89 points

    168th: Rancho Cucamonga (San Bernardino County) – 36.49 points

    177th: Fontana (San Bernardino County) – 32.10 points

    180th: Moreno Valley (Riverside County) – 32.10 points


Palm, I. (2022, November). 3 California cities among Top 10 ‘Best Foodie Cities’ in America. KTLA.

Stroller, G. (2022, October 6). Top 10 Foodie Cities Exclude Chicago, New York, Los Angeles. Forbes.


Written by Andrei de Guzman

Andrei de Guzman is a digital marketing intern for the Winter Season of PS Media Enterprise. He is currently a fourth-year Communication Research student from Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa

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