The Most Popular Food in Every State

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Despite peaking in popularity in the early 2000s, low-carb diets remain a staple of the fitness and nutrition industry. However, these diets have not abated America's love of carbohydrates.

The health of the country hurts because of it - obesity rates are still rising - but the data shows that the country's most popular foods continue to be the most carbohydrate-laden.

From pizza to sandwiches and baked goods, we can't get enough.

Using the most recent 2014 estimates from the American Community Survey and Dun and Bradstreet, the experts at FindTheHome discovered the most popular food in every state. The food type with the highest density per 100,000 people is considered the most popular. Pizza is the fan-favorite in most states, with baked goods and Mexican food taking the lead in many others. Previously, FindTheHome used the same data providers to find the pizza capital and bakery capital of every state.

Advocates maintain that government subsidies of crops like corn, wheat and feed grains enable the production of processed food. Add in the demand from the American public, and it's unlikely that the food industry will slow the pizza production line. However, looking at current obesity rates and the ineffectiveness of national health policies such as Healthy People 2020, a federal initiative to eliminate preventable diseases, like obesity, it's clear that what we're doing isn't working.

Mississippi

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 2,984,345

Louisiana

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 4,601,049

Utah

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 2,858,111

Alabama

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 4,817,678

Oklahoma

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries

Population: 3,818,851

Hawaii

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 1,392,704

Georgia

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 9,907,756

South Carolina

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries

Population: 4,727,273

Washington

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 6,899,123

Arkansas

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 2,947,036

Nebraska

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants

Population: 1,855,617

Wyoming

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 575,251

Nevada

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 2,761,584

New Mexico

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 2,080,085

Arizona

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 6,561,516

North Carolina

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 9,750,405

Idaho

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 1,599,464

Tennessee

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 6,451,365

Alaska

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 728,300

Wisconsin

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops

Population: 5,724,692

California

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 38,066,920

Virginia

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 8,185,131

North Dakota

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops

Population: 704,925

South Dakota

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries

Population: 834,708

Missouri

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 6,028,076

Kansas

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 2,882,946

Oregon

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 3,900,343

Maryland

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 5,887,776

Minnesota

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops

Population: 5,383,661

Colorado

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 5,197,580

Kentucky

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 4,383,272

Illinois

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants

Population: 12,868,747

Montana

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 1,006,370

Maine

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Seafood
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 1,328,535

Texas

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 26,092,033

West Virginia

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries

Population: 1,853,881

Vermont

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: American Food

Population: 626,358

Indiana

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Mexican Food Restaurants

Population: 6,542,411

Iowa

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 3,078,116

Michigan

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops

Population: 9,889,024

Florida

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Steak and BBQ Restaurants

Population: 19,361,792

Delaware

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 917,060

New York

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops

Population: 19,594,330

New Jersey

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops

Population: 8,874,374

Ohio

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Shops

Population: 11,560,380

Connecticut

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 3,592,053

Rhode Island

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 1,053,252

Massachusetts

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 6,657,291

New Hampshire

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bagel and Donut Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops

Population: 1,321,069

Pennsylvania

No. 1 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants
No. 2 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Bakeries
No. 3 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Sandwich Shops
No. 4 Most Popular Restaurant Type: Chinese Food Restaurants

Population: 12,758,729

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