Hawaii, Oregon and New York are among the most passionate states when it comes to veganism in the United States. According to a study, New Jersey is the leader with 29 vegan dining options per million people, followed by Hawaii with 19 restaurants. Maryland also made it to the top 10 due to its good search trends and variety of vegan restaurants. In contrast, Arizona, Mississippi and North Dakota and South Dakota were identified as the worst places for vegans.
The West Coast region was identified as the best area for vegans, with Oregon topping the list due to its strong growth in search traffic among locals. California was close behind Nevada in terms of search traffic and number of vegan restaurants, as well as having a significant number of groups related to vegans. Hawaii is also highly sought after for its vegan dining options, with people constantly looking for vegan-friendly restaurants as a tourist destination. New York has a high density of restaurants in certain areas, but its variety of vegan dining options isn't consistent across the state.
Massachusetts is a turning point for Arizona, with a low ranking in Google search trends and more vegan restaurants. California has the highest total number available in very densely populated areas such as Los Angeles and the Bay Area, but it's New Jersey that has set a new record in terms of availability of vegan restaurants per capita. San Francisco is home to one of the largest selections of vegan markets and health food stores in the country, as well as having a high ranking when considering animal welfare societies and vegan groups available in the state. DC VegFest attracts thousands of vegans, vegetarians and carnivores every year and features celebrity speakers, cooking demonstrations and much more. Veganism has gained a lot of support in the United States over the past two decades, with more people becoming aware of cruel treatment that farm animals receive in agricultural industry and devastating impact of big agriculture on environment.
The 15-year trends revealed that Oregon, Nevada, California, Hawaii, New York, New Jersey and Maryland are the most vegan-friendly states in the US.