How Vegan is Milwaukee? You might be surprised

When some people think of food in Wisconsin, you may think of cheese or brats.  A lot has to do with Packer nation and the “cheese heads” or how about the “sausage race” at a Brewers game? When your aren’t from a certain area and are on the outside looking in you most likely relate that city with food or sports team, generally.

I know these are the things that come to my mind, when I think about food relations to Wisconsin and especially Milwaukee.

 Well to my surprise, Milwaukee ranks among some of the best cities for vegans and vegetarians in the country, according to a WalletHub.

So, should we expect to see the Veggie Race at a Brewer’s game anytime soon or Tofu heads at a Packers game? Doubt it, but you never know with the way Veganism is trending.

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WalletHub officials compared the 100 largest cities across 17 key indicators of vegan- and vegetarian-friendliness, with the dataset ranging from the share of restaurants serving meatless options to the cost of groceries for vegetarians to salad shops per capita.

Here’s how Milwaukee ranked, according to WalletHub:

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The Vegetarian & Vegan Lifestyle in Milwaukee (1=Best; 50=Avg.)

  • 20th– Cost of Groceries for Vegetarians

  • 52nd– % of Restaurants Serving Vegetarian Options

  • 46th– % of Restaurants Serving Vegan Options

  • 53rd – Farmers’ Markets & CSA Programs per Capita

  • 40th– Salad Shops per Capita

Madison and Milwaukee are the two Wisconsin cities on the list. Madison came in at No. 14 overall, while Milwaukee was ranked as the 15th most vegetarian- and vegan-friendly state in the country.

The analysis found the most vegetarian- and vegan-friendly city in the United States is Portland and the least vegetarian- and vegan-friendly city in the United States is El Paso, Texas.

WalletHub noted research has shown skipping meat can save the average person at least $750 per year.

According to a 2019 Harris Poll commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, about 10 million U.S. adults are vegan or vegetarian.

 

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