With National Coffee Day right around the corner (September 29!), there's no better time to expand your java horizons—especially if you're able to do it in America's leading coffee metropolis. After crunching data from the 100 largest cities in America, factoring in the number of cafés per capita, coffee costs, and beyond, WalletHub determined that the locale with the strongest coffee scene is none other than New York City (aka Buddy the Elf was right!), taking the spot of last year's winner Seattle…i.e., where Starbucks originated.
Though it's not wildly shocking for New York City to win the coffee title—the city that never sleeps needs to stay caffeinated, after all!—the East Coast isn't only area where you can grab a life-changing, potentially cancer-fighting cup of joe. (Or, at least one that'll gift you a serious jolt of energy—but make sure you don't have too much of a good thing!)
Bottoms up: These are the top 10 coffee cities in America.
1. New York, NY
2. Seattle, WA
3. San Francisco, CA
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4. Portland, OR
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5. Los Angeles, CA
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6. Washington, DC
"When the Commander grind you down, seek out coffee beans finely ground. A compass can take you here, where banned books and cold brew are the perfect pair." - @dcpl_literati #UnscensoredDC #MadeinDC ☕️?
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7. Chicago, IL
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8. Miami, FL
9. Boston, MA
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10. San Diego, CA
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Originally published on September 26, 2017; updated on September 25, 2018.
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