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Our latest research into veganism in America has revealed a surprising link between politics and how vegan-friendly individual States are.
Our research team was collecting data from all 50 states to come up with a definitive list of the most vegan states of 2021. And we started noticing that those states with the largest interest in becoming vegan and the availability of vegan restaurants seemed to be Democrat states.
In fact, only one single state in the top 7 list went to Trump in the last presidential election.
But it gets even more surprising when you look at the full list of states.
Here’s the full list of all 50 states in order:
How Did We Rate Each State?
Our research approach focused on four indicators (Vegan Population per Capita, Number of Vegan Restaurants, Number of Vegan Meetup Groups, and Number of Animal Welfare Groups) that we measured for every state, and with that complete data set, we could then rank all 50 states.
And then we checked whether each state was red or blue in the last election.
2020 Presidential Election Result
We looked at a map of the U.S. with the 2020 presidential election results, and it became clearly obvious that a state’s political leaning is an excellent predictor of how “vegan” it is.
It’s so well correlated that the top 9 states all voted for Biden, while the bottom 20 states all voted for Trump with only one exception.
The Top 7 Vegan States in America
The most significant driving factor for Nevada achieving the top ranking came down to very strong growth in search traffic among the local population. And once we added a fourth-place ranking for the number of vegan dining options, we got data that put Nevada marginally ahead of California.
Oregon has a solid ranking in the top 3 for search volume, but it was the third-place ranking for vegan restaurants that pushed it up into the overall second place.
The one area where there seems to be the most opportunity to gain some rankings is through organized meetup groups.
The data point that stood out the most for Hawaii is the density of restaurants. It seems like both locals and people vacationing on the islands have a significant demand for vegan dining experiences.
Combined with the fourth-place finish for the number of people using vegan search terms, the data supported a strong overall ranking.
With a slightly lower search volume, and a number of vegan restaurants per 1 million people than Hawaii, California still ranks very high with a growing trend in both data sets.
It’s also a state that has a lot to offer vegans who want to grow their circle of vegan friends through organized meetup groups.
5. New Jersey
What stands out the most for New Jersey is that despite only ranking in 14th place for local search trends, it’s the highest-ranked state for the selection of vegan restaurants.
With 29 vegan dining choices per 1 million people, New Jersey is well ahead of second-place Hawaii with 19 restaurants.
6. New York
One thing we noted during our research is that NYC has the highest density of vegan restaurants. However, that density doesn’t continue throughout the state.
The strong overall search trends have supported a top 10 finish for NY, and there are many active meetup groups to find more like-minded people.
Maryland made it to the top 10 due to good supporting search trends and choice of restaurants. It stands out on this list, especially when you consider the small population size.
We also found that it’s one of the better places to get involved with meetup groups and animal rights supporter.
Are You Ready To Make Your State More Vegan?
As we’re coming into the new year, it’s time to become proactive about making healthy diet changes. And the worst thing you can do is wake up on the first of January with an ambition to become vegan and no idea where to start.
Whether you’re a Republican or Democrat voter, or you’re not all that interested in politics, becoming a vegan is all about making a decision to be and live a more healthy life.
And if you’re interested to see if the midterm elections next year provide us with the same predictive results, then watch out for our research planned for immediately after those results are in.