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Top Hot Dog Consuming Cities and States

Posted On June 17, 2017

Top Hot Dog Consuming Cities and States

Americans love hot dogs. Whether you’re at a baseball game or enjoying a Fourth of July barbecue, hot dogs are a must-have at numerous occasions. Hot dogs are delicious, and you can customize yours to your heart’s content with all the condiments you want. There are some interesting stats out there about how many hot dogs Americans consume. You might learn something new and have some fun facts to spread around at the next barbecue.

Cities That Eat the Most Hot Dogs

No matter where you live, you can be certain people are eating a lot of hot dogs. However, the cities that eat the most hot dogs include, in no particular order:

  • New York City
  • Los Angeles
  • Boston
  • Philadelphia
  • Tampa
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Detroit
  • Phoenix

In case you’re wondering why these cities constantly top the lists of highest hot dog consumption, there is a common trait among them that sums it up nicely. Los Angeles is home to the Dodgers. New York has the Mets and Yankees. Boston is where the Red Sox play. Most of the above cities have baseball teams, and baseball and hot dogs go together perfectly.

For the record, it should also be stated that Los Angeles has the highest hot dog consumption rate out of any other city. In 2016, residents of Los Angeles ate over 36 million pounds of hot dogs.

Retail Sales of Hot Dogs

A big reason why hot dogs are so prevalent in Americans’ diets is the fact that they can be purchased almost anywhere. You can get them at practically any concession stand, whether it’s for a baseball game or another event. There are entire restaurants dedicated to serving specialty hot dogs, too. However, the biggest place where Americans get their hot dog fix is the supermarket. Retail sales still make up a huge portion of hot dog sales. In 2016, over one billion pounds of franks were sold in supermarkets. That comes out to $2.4 billion in total retail sales.

Other Interesting Facts

Every year for the Fourth of July, people take out their grills and start cooking hot dogs. Each year Americans eat more than 150 million hot dogs. To give you an idea of how many that is, that’s enough hot dogs to stretch from L.A. to D.C. five times.

When people are stuck at the airport for a few hours, it’s not uncommon for them to grab a bite to eat, and many people choose to grab a frank. Chicago O’Hare International Airport has the highest hot dog consumption out of any other airport in the United States. In fact, this airport has more hot dog consumption than La Guardia and LAX combined.

The busiest time of year for sausage manufacturers is during baseball season. During this time, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, attendees will eat over seven billion hot dogs. That means every second, Americans are eating 818 franks.

Hot Dog Preferences

These days, hot dogs come in a variety of flavors and styles. You can get them in teriyaki, barbecue, spicy or Cajun. One noteworthy trend is that older individuals tend to prefer all-beef franks while younger people tend to go for chicken or pork. Traditional hot dog sales tend to peak during the summer. However, for breakfast sausages, the peak season is between November and January.

No matter where in the country you live, you can be certain you can always grab a hot dog easily. Now that you have learned a little bit about how Americans eat franks, you’re ready to be a more informed cook and impress your friends with your knowledge.