Which U.S. States are the Most “Vegan?” [A 2021 Study]

Veganism has gained a lot of support in America in the last 20 years, with many people making that lifestyle change for both health and ethical reasons. 

As with most human behavior changes, trends towards veganism have been very different from state to state.

That’s why we had our team focus on researching and gathering data from all 50 states to come up with a definitive list of the most vegan states of 2021.

How Did We Rate Each State?

Our research approach focused on four indicators that we measured for every state, and with that complete data set, we could then rank all 50 states.

1. Vegan Population per Capita

To assess the vegan population of a state, we looked at online search trends published by Google. 

We measured the average monthly search volume for the phrase “vegan restaurants” for each state, as this is the clearest indication of how interested the local population is in vegan dining. 

The final step in this research involved weighing the search volume of each state on a per 1 million people basis to achieve a data set that allowed for clear comparison and ranking. 

2. Number of Vegan Restaurants

The second most important data point in this research involved gathering details about the total number of dedicated vegan restaurants in each state. 

Our team approached this using online resources to gather details from Google Maps, HappyCow.com, and Yelp.com. 

The critical part of this research was that we strictly focused on vegan restaurants and excluded vegetarian ones where we would have had to make subjective decisions about how vegan each restaurant was. 

Weighing the number of restaurants against the population provided a clear objective ranking. 

3. Number of Vegan Meetup Groups

The third part of our research data looked at how many vegan meetup groups are registered in every state to gauge how active the vegan population is in promoting this lifestyle. 

We were able to quantify this data by using online resources at Meetup.com and Google search, which proved to be the most reliable sources. 

In order to be able to compare states of different sizes, we also weighted the data per 1 million people. 

4. Number of Animal Welfare Groups

And finally, we looked at how many animal welfare groups were registered in each state as an indicator of people’s support for animal rights. 

Google Maps proved to have the most reliable information about animal welfare groups and shelters. 

The final step was again to weigh this number per 1 million people to make a comparison between states possible. 

The Top 10 Vegan States in America

1. Nevada

Quick Facts:

• Vegan Population: 942 per 1 million people 

• Vegan Restaurants: 14 per 1 million people

• Vegan Meetup Groups: 8 per 1 million people

• Animal Welfare Groups: 4 per 1 million people

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.

2. California

Quick Facts:

• Vegan Population: 838 per 1 million people

• Vegan Restaurants: 11 per 1 million people

• Vegan Meetup Groups: 6 per 1 million people

• Animal Welfare Groups: 3 per 1 million people

With a slightly lower search volume, and a number of vegan restaurants per 1 million people than Nevada, 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. 

3. Oregon

Quick Facts:

• Vegan Population: 688 per 1 million people

• Vegan Restaurants: 16 per 1 million people

• Vegan Meetup Groups: 5 per 1 million people

• Animal Welfare Groups: 21 per 1 million people

Oregon has a solid ranking in the top 5 for search volume, but it was the third-place ranking for vegan restaurants that pushed it up into the overall third place. 

The one area where there seems to be the most opportunity to gain some rankings is through organized meetup groups. 

4. Hawaii

Quick Facts:

• Vegan Population: 622 per 1 million people

• Vegan Restaurants: 19 per 1 million people

• Vegan Meetup Groups: 18 per 1 million people

• Animal Welfare Groups: 40 per 1 million people

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 eighth-place finish for the number of people using vegan search terms, the data supported a strong overall ranking. 

5. New York

Quick Facts:

• Vegan Population: 622 per 1 million people

• Vegan Restaurants: 9 per 1 million people

• Vegan Meetup Groups: 6 per 1 million people

• Animal Welfare Groups: 4 per 1 million people

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 5 finish for NY, and there are many active meetup groups to find more like-minded people. 

6. New Jersey

Quick Facts:

• Vegan Population: 405 per 1 million people

• Vegan Restaurants: 29 per 1 million people

• Vegan Meetup Groups: 16 per 1 million people

• Animal Welfare Groups: 17 per 1 million people

What stands out the most for New Jersey is that despite only ranking in 18th 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. 

7. Maryland

Quick Facts:

• Vegan Population: 480 per 1 million people

• Vegan Restaurants: 11 per 1 million people

• Vegan Meetup Groups: 22 per 1 million people

• Animal Welfare Groups: 22 per 1 million 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 support groups.

8. Arizona

Quick Facts:

• Vegan Population: 742 per 1 million people

• Vegan Restaurants: 5 per 1 million people

• Vegan Meetup Groups: 5 per 1 million people

• Animal Welfare Groups: 16 per 1 million people

The surprising fact about Arizona’s data points is that it ranks in fourth place for search trends but only in 24th place for the density of vegan restaurants. 

That would suggest that there is significant scope for more vegan dining options to open up and support that growing search trend. 

9. Massachusetts

Quick Facts:

• Vegan Population: 421 per 1 million people

• Vegan Restaurants: 10 per 1 million people

• Vegan Meetup Groups: 14 per 1 million people

• Animal Welfare Groups: 12 per 1 million people

Opposite to Arizona’s data, Massachusetts is one of the top-ranking states for the selection of dedicated vegan restaurants, but it only ranks in 17th place for Google searches.

Massachusetts also ranks very high when it comes to animal welfare activity and meetup groups throughout the state. 

10. Michigan

Quick Facts:

• Vegan Population: 441 per 1 million people

• Vegan Restaurants: 9 per 1 million people

• Vegan Meetup Groups: 4 per 1 million people

• Animal Welfare Groups: 4 per 1 million people

The 10th place is another well-deserved one with a good combination of high search trends and the number of vegan restaurants. 

But what stood out more for us was the very high fourth place for both the number of animal welfare and meetup groups available. 

Here’s the full list of all 50 states in order:

  1. Nevada
  2. California
  3. Oregon
  4. Hawaii
  5. New York
  6. New Jersey
  7. Maryland
  8. Arizona
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Michigan
  11. Virginia
  12. Florida
  13. Rhode Island
  14. Colorado
  15. Georgia
  16. Utah
  17. Washington
  18. Vermont
  19. Illinois
  20. New Mexico
  21. Delaware
  22. Texas
  23. North Carolina
  24. Connecticut
  25. Pennsylvania
  26. New Hampshire
  27. Minnesota
  28. Ohio
  29. South Carolina
  30. Tennessee
  31. Missouri
  32. West Virginia
  33. Louisiana
  34. Maine
  35. Indiana
  36. Wisconsin
  37. Idaho
  38. Nebraska
  39. Kentucky
  40. Kansas
  41. Oklahoma
  42. Iowa
  43. Montana
  44. Arkansas
  45. Mississippi
  46. Wyoming
  47. Alabama
  48. South Dakota
  49. Alaska
  50. North Dakota

Best States by Category

A detailed look at each set of data points provides some interesting insights into where each state is performing particularly well. 

The following is the detailed ranking for the four data sets we analyzed. 

Best U.S. States for Vegan Restaurants

These are the ten best states for the number of vegan restaurants to choose from. 

  1. New Jersey
  2. Hawaii
  3. Oregon
  4. Nevada
  5. California
  6. Maryland
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Virginia
  10. Michigan

While California has the highest total number available in very densely populated areas like LA and the Bay Area, it’s New Jersey that has set a new mark for the availability of vegan restaurants per capita. 

U.S. States with Highest Vegan Population per Capita

This is the list of states with the highest Google searches for “vegan restaurants” per 1 million people. 

  1. Nevada
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. Arizona
  5. Oregon
  6. Texas
  7. New York
  8. Hawaii
  9. Washington
  10. Florida

There are a few surprises in there, including Texas, which would be more famous for traditional BBQs. With Texas not on the top 10 list for vegan restaurants, that could be a good indication that the vegan population per capita has outgrown the number of available vegan restaurants. 

Best U.S. States for Vegan Meetup Groups

Here is the list of U.S. states based on the number of meetup groups per capita.

  1. Delaware
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Connecticut
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Vermont
  6. Maryland
  7. Maine
  8. Hawaii
  9. New Jersey
  10. Massachusetts

The overall rankings favor some of the smaller states, but it’s a good indication that residents of less densely populated states have become a lot more active in getting organized and spreading the lifestyle.

Best U.S. States for Animal Welfare Groups

Based on our research it looks like a lot of the smaller states seem to be leading the way when it comes to providing animal welfare services.

  1. Delaware
  2. South Dakota
  3. North Dakota
  4. Vermont
  5. Rhode Island
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Wyoming
  8. Alaska
  9. Idaho
  10. West Virginia

What surprised us the most about Delaware is that the state has almost twice as many animal welfare groups per capita as second-ranked South Dakota.

Written by: Total Shape

New Music: Bite Me – Avril Lavigne

Photo Credit: Bite Me Cover Art on Spotify

The queen of pop-punk is back and Avril is not messing around.

Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne is back with new music and we’re pumped. She released her new single “Bite Me” which in the music video features Travis Barker on the drums.

The track was co-produced with Barker, John Feldmann, and Mod Sun after the singer announced she has signed with Barker’s label DTA Records.

Photo Credit: Ryan McFadden

She first announced new music on the way following a performance on Barker House of Horrors live-stream and said “Should I drop my first single next week?”

Then teased a snippet of the song on her TikTok where it had over 10 million views in only a few days.

Lavigne is happy with her new label as you can see in the video she is showing off a DTA Records sticker on the guitar. 

Avril shared when she first worked with the Blink 182 drummer, “The first time we worked together was 15 years ago on my new album ‘The Best Damn Thing,’ and I have really enjoyed watching him develop into the producer that he is today. We spent a lot of time writing songs and working on this record together, and signing to this record label DTA gelt like the perfect home for me and my new music. Travis understands my vision as a musician, my creative  process as an artist, and my goals at this stage in my career.”

You can stream the banger “Bite Me” on Spotify and Apple Music now and be sure to check out the music video for this track. I can’t wait to see what Avril releases next.

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Everything Coming and Leaving Netflix in December 2021

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The holiday season is officially underway and now that Thanksgiving has passed it is time to make room for our December holidays. Here’s a list of everything coming and going from Netflix in the month of December.

Everything Coming to Netflix in December 2021:

Coming Soon

  • How to Ruin Christmas (Season 2) [Netflix Original]
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Stone Ocean) [Netflix Original] [Season 5]
  • The Future Diary (Season 1) [Netflix Original]
  • The Silent Sea (Season 1) [Netflix Original]

Arriving December 1st

  • 44 Cats (Season 4)
  • Closer (2004)
  • Final Destination 5 (2011)
  • Fool’s Gold (2008)
  • Green Snake (2021) [Netflix Original]
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Season 4) [Netflix Original]
  • Kayko & Kokosh (Multiple Seasons)
  • Knight Rider 200 (1991)
  • Life (1999)
  • Looper (2012)
  • Lost in Space (Season 3) [Netflix]
Photo Credit: Netflix
  • The Legend of Zorro (2005)
  • The Power of the Dog (2021) [Netflix Original]
  • Think Like a Man (2012)

Arriving December 2nd

  • #abtalks (Season 1)
  • Escalona (Season 1)
  • Rain or Shine / Just between Lovers (Season 1)
  • Single All The Way (2021) [Netflix Original]
  • The Coyotes [Limited Series]
  • The Whole Truth (2021)

Arriving December 3

  • Cobalt Blue [Netflix Original
  • Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous (Season 4) [Netflix Original]
  • Mixtape (2021) [Netflix Original]
  • Money Heist (Season 5 – Volume 2) [Netflix Original]
  • Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (2021) [Netflix Original]
  • The Great British Baking Show: Holidays (Season 4) ]Netflix Original]

Arriving December 6

  • Centaurworld (Season 2) [Netflix Original]
  • Go, Dog Go (Season 2) [Netflix Original]
  • Nicole Byer: BBW (Big Beautiful Weirdo) (2021) [Netflix Original]

Arriving December 8

  • Carolin Kebekus: The Last Christmas Special (2021) [Netflix Original]

Arriving December 9

  • Asakusa Kid (2021) [Netflix Original]
  • Shaman King (New Episodes) [Netflix Original]

Arriving December 10

  • Anonymously Yours (2021) [Netflix Original]
  • Aranyak (Season 1) [Netflix Original]
  • Back to the Outback (2021) [Netflix Original]
  • How to Ruin Christmas (Season 2) [Netflix Original]
  • Roaring Twenties: Austin (Season 1) [Netflix Original]
Photo Credit: Netflix
  • Saturday Morning All-Star Hits (Season 1) [Netflix Original]
  • Still Out of My League (2021) [Netflix Original]
  • The Shack (2017)
  • The Unforgivable (2021) [Netflix Original]
  • Two (2021) [Netflix Original]

Arriving December 11

  • Fast Color (2019)
  • The Hungry and the Hair (season 1) [Netflix Original]

Arriving December 13

  • Eye in the Sky (2015)

Arriving December 14

  • Bonus Family (Season 4) [Netflix Original]
  • StarBeam: Beaming in the New Year (2021)
  • Russel Howard: Lubrican (Limited Series) [Netflix Original]
  • The Future Diary (Season 1) [Netflix Original]

Arriving December 15

  • Elite Short Stories: Phillipe Caye Felipe (Miniseries) [Netflix Original]
  • Masha and the Bear (Season 5)
  • The Hand of God (2021) [Netflix Original]

Arriving December 16

  • A Naija Christmas (2021) [Netflix Original]
  • Aggrestsuko (Season 4) [Netflix Original]
  • A California Christmas: City Lights [Netflix Original]
  • Darkest Hour (2017)
  • Puff: Wonders of the Reef (2021)
  • The Guardian / Thien Than Ho Menh (2021)

Arriving December 17

  • Decoupled (Season 1) [Netflix Original]
  • The Witcher (Season 2) [Netflix Original]

Arriving December 20

  • Elite Short Stories: Samuel Omar (miniseries) [Netflix Original]

Arriving December 22

  • Emily in Paris (Season 2) [Netflix Original]
  • Grumpy Christmas (2021)

Arriving December 23

  • Elite Short Stories: Patrick (miniseries) [Netflix Original]

Arriving December 24 (Christmas Eve)

  • 1000 Miles from Christmas (2021) [Netflix Original]
  • Don’t Look Up (2021) [Netflix Original]
  • Minnal Murali (2021) [Netflix Original]
Photo Credit: Netflix

Arriving December 25 (Christmas Day)

  • Stories of a Generation with Pop Francis (season 1) [Netflix Original]

Arriving December 29

  • Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer (Season 1) [Netflix Original]

Arriving December 30

  • Kitz (Season 1) [Netflix Original]

Arriving December 31 (New Year’s Eve)

  • Cobra Kai (Season 4) [Netflix Original]
  • Stay Close (Limited Series) [Netflix Original]
  • The Lost Daughter (2021) [Netflix Original]

Everything Leaving Netflix in December 2021:

Leaving December 1st

  • 1000 Rupee Note (2014)
  • 3 Days to Kill (2014)
  • A Knight’s Tale (2001)
  • Accepted (2006)
  • Across Grace Alley (2013)
  • American Outlaws (2001)
  • An Unfinished Life (2005)
  • Are You The One (Seasons 1-2)
  • Asu Mare 2 (2015)
  • Battlefield Earth (2000)
  • Bliss (1997)
  • Break Up 100 (2014)
  • Bromance (Multiple Seasons)
  • Chal Bhaag (2014)
  • Chef (2014)
  • Clear and Present Danger (1994)
  • Dhia Sofea (2015)
  • Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (2014)
  • Faraar (2015)
  • Freedom Writers (2007)
  • Glee (Seasons 1-6)
Photo Credit: Netflix
  • Helios (2015)
  • I Got the Hook Up
  • In Too Deep (1999)
  • Ink Master (Seasons 1-2)
  • Letters to Juliet (2010)
  • Line Walker (2016)
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • My Boss’s Daughter (2003)
  • Never Back Down: The Beat Down (2011)
  • Ninja Assassin (2009)
  • Peppermint (2018)
  • Pineapple Express (2008)
  • Quigley Down Under (1990)
  • Rake (Seasons 1-4)
  • Richard Pryor: live in Concert (1979)
  • Rhyme & Reason (1997)
  • Roll with Me (2017)
  • Same Kind of Different As Me (2017)
  • School of Rock (2003)
  • Set Off (2008)
  • Shelby American (2019)
  • Stargate SG-1 (Season 1 – 10)
Photo Credit: MGM
  • State of Play (2009)
  • Soul Eater (Season 1)
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballard of Ricky Bobby (2006)
  • The Bank Job (2008)
  • The Bachelorette (multiple seasons)
  • The Exorcist 3 (1990)
  • The Golden Child (1986)
  • The Happytime Murders (2018)
  • The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
  • The Meddler (2015)
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
  • The Repair Shop (Multiple Seasons)
  • The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
  • Turn: Washington’s Spies (Seasons 1-4)
  • Wandering Stars (2019)
  • Why me? (2015)

Leaving December 2

  • Off Camera with Sam Jones (2 Seasons)
  • Temple (2017)

Leaving Netflix on December 3

  • Lost & Found Music Studios (Season 1 -2 ) [Netflix Original]

Leaving December 4

  • The Last O.G. (Season 1 -2)

Leaving December 5

  • Big Stone Gap (2014)
  • The Guest (2014)

Leaving December 6

  • No Game No Life: Zero (2017)
  • Shadow (2018)

Leaving December 8

  • Before I Fall (2017)
  • Manhunt: Deadly Games (Limited Series)
  • Triple 9

Leaving December 9

  • It Comes At Night (2017)
  • Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas (2015)
Photo Credit: Netflix
  • The Cuba Libre Story(2015) [Netflix Original]

Leaving December 10

  • Good and Prosperous (2017)

Leaving December 11

  • Upin & Ipin (Season 1)
  • Dawai Asmara (2016)

Leaving December 13

  • Alakada Reloaded (2017)
  • Being Mrs. Elliot (2017)
  • The First Lady (2015)
  • The Ghost and the Tout (2018)
  • The Vendor (2018)

Leaving December 15

  • 3 Türken & ein Baby (2015)
  • An Immortal Classic (2012)
  • Color of Woman (2012)
  • Crazy, Lovely, Cool (2018)
  • Fifty: The Series (2018)
  • Girls und Panzer (Season 1)
  • Goodbye My Wife (2012)
  • Happy And (2012)
  • Halt and Catch Fire (Seasons 1 – 4)
Photo Credit: Netflix
  • Heaven’s Garden (2011)
  • Hjordis (2015)
  • Ice Fantasy (2016)
  • Inside the Real Narcos (Season 1) [Netflix Original]
  • Isoken (2017)
  • K-Pop Extreme Survival (2012)
  • On the Real (2017)
  • Once in a Lifetime Sessions with George Exra (2018)
  • Once In a Lifetime Session with Kasabian (2018)
  • Once In a Lifetime Session with OneRepublic (2018)
  • Once In a Lifetime Session with Snow Patrol (2018)
  • Potato Potahto (2017)
  • Rake (Season 1 – 5)
  • Saint Seiya (Season 1 – 6)
  • Scobby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated (Season 1 – 2)
  • Sons of the Caliphate (2017)
  • What’s New, Scooby-Doo? (Seasons 1 -3)

What shows and or movies are you excited to binge during winter break? Hit me up on Twitter or Instagram and let me know. Currently, I am finishing up a Sci-Fi show called Stargate SG-1 and man it’s good, bummed to see it leave the streaming service. 

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Finally a Good Win!

Photo Credit: Carson Cook

Recap of Aztec’s 72-47 rout of Long Beach State

The San Diego State Aztecs faced off against Long Beach State, although they are both state schools the two programs couldn’t be more different. The Aztecs, 5-2, and the Beach, 2-5 are headed in different directions this year. 

San Diego has the expectations of making a March Madness run, while Long Beach, last in their division, is not expected to be competitive in their division. The Aztecs, who haven’t had a 20 point win this season, were expected to beat Long Beach by 20. 

Long Beach’s starting guard, Drew Cobb, has an interesting story, to say the least. The Senior guard’s journey to Long Beach has not been easy. Cobb, from Sacramento, went to Sheldon for four years and helped lead the team to a top 10 ranking in the state. Although he played well at Sheldon he ended up at Fresno Community College to play ball. 

While at Fresno CC, Cobb played in 32 games and held a 4.0 GPA. Cobb would decide to transfer to Long Beach and try to walk on for the team where he later earned himself a scholarship through his hard work and determination. 

Early in the game, Matt Bradley was scoring from everywhere on the court, Lamont Butler was clamping up, and Trey Pulliam was directing traffic for the Aztecs. The two teams went back and forth scoring and not much defense was being played. 

In the halfcourt setting, Long Beach was scoring easily and held a lead with 11:33 left in the first half. At 11:33, a media timeout was called and that is when the Aztecs flipped the switch. From the end of the timeout to the 2:20 mark, the Aztecs went on an 18-4 run. Defensively, they were getting after it, converting steals into points on the other end. 

In the first 10 minutes, Long Beach was able to work for open shots but after the timeout was called, they struggled to even get a shot up. “Last Chance U” star Joe Hampton had multiple turnovers and almost had as many turnovers as points in the first half. 

What made the Aztec run possible was how they clamped up on the defensive end. Nathan Mensah brought the crowd to their feet in the first half with a big-time block in front of his own bench. The difference between this game and the UCR, ASU, or UTA game was free throws and three-point shooting. All season SDSU has struggled to shoot the ball but couldn’t miss against LBSU. 

In the second half, the domination by SDSU was highlighted by their first 20+ point win and a few big-time dunks. Multiple times, SDSU stole the ball from LBSU and had wide-open lanes to the basket. Keshad Johnson caught an alley-oop and Butler had his second crowd-rising dunk through traffic which caused him to be taken to the locker room after a hard fall. 

Long Beach lost this game because of their poor shooting from the line and deep. Shooting 0% from deep on eight attempts and shooting around 50% from the line. 

The MVP of the game for the Aztecs has to go to Keith Dinwiddie Jr., who scored 12 points off the bench and brought the energy the Aztecs have missed from the guard position all season. Knocking down threes and midrange shots that he had missed all season allowed Bradley and Pulliam to rest more than they had all season. 

SDSU earned a much-needed statement win and LBSU will head back to The Beach to work on their three-point and free-throw shooting.

Link to SDSU v LBSU Recap: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sdsu-basketball-talk-w-cook-talks/id1584585210?i=1000543586344

Written by: Carson Cook