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Grand Rapids ranks as second-most-affordable 'foodie' city in US

October 16, 2014
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Grand Rapids is a haven for relatively affordable foodie options.

For World Food Day — which was Oct. 12 — WalletHub, a personal finance social network, analyzed 150 cities to find the “Best and worst foodie cities for your wallet.”

Grand Rapids ranks No. 2 overall in the nation.

The analysis was done because Americans spend 10 percent of their disposable income on food and a third of every food dollar on restaurant services, according to WalletHub.

“Gastronomic Affordability in Grand Rapids”
(1 = Best; 75 = Average)

8th:   groceries cost
33rd: average beer and wine price
36th: number of restaurants per capita
46th: number of gourmet specialty food stores per capita
19th: number of craft breweries and wineries per capita
34th: number of coffee and tea shops per capita
34th: number of ice cream and frozen yogurt shops per capita
64th: number of grocery stores per capita

Top 10 "Foodie cities for your wallet"

1.   Orlando, Fa.
2.   Grand Rapids
3.   Madison, Wis.
4.   Boise City, Idaho
5.   Cincinnati
6.   Reno, Nev.
7.   New Orleans
8.   Austin, Texas
9.   Lexington-Fayette, Ky.
10. Pittsburgh, Pa.

Bottom 10 "Foodie cities for your wallet"

1.   Henderson, Nev.
2.   Toledo, Ohio
3.   Fayetteville, N.C.
4.   Montgomery, Ala.
5.   Scottsdale, Ariz.
6.   Fort Worth, Texas
7.   Anchorage, Alaska
8.   New York
9.   Port St. Lucie, Fla.
10. Mobile, Ala. 

Source: WalletHub, 2014

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