Oregonlive has confirmed that Portland is king when it comes to dining out. Check out this article regarding the City of Roses placing #10 for most restaurants:
You probably could have guessed it, but now there’s data to back it up: Portland has more restaurants per capita than all but nine other cities in the United States.
The Rose City came in at No. 10 on real estate website Trulia.com‘s recentcensus analysis of restaurant concentration in large metro areas.
The clear leader among all cities was San Francisco, with a whopping 39 restaurants per 10,000 people. Portland was listed with an estimated 24 restaurants for the same-sized group, and Seattle, the fifth-ranked city, just edged us out with 25.
Portland doubles as the city in the top 10 with the lowest median price per square foot for homes listed, a statistic that might explain our glut of cheap eats options.
As Jed Kolko, Trulia’s Chief Economist writes:
Three of the top eating towns are somewhat more affordable, with home prices averaging less than $200 per square foot: Providence, RI and Portland, OR (Ed: and Seattle?). Each has a thriving and innovative local food scene. Lots of young chefs choose these smaller cities because it’s cheaper to start up restaurants there than in more expensive markets like San Francisco and New York.