Sushi is one of the most popular food items in the world. In America, it’s become as common a choice for many consumers as anything else they eat. But how trendy is sushi in the biggest US cities? A team over at Bloomberg answered this question by putting together what they call the Sushinomics Index.
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They surveyed 25 of the biggest business centers in the Unites States, factoring in the most popular rolls and orders, as well as, "data compiled from websites including Yelp, OpenTable and Menuism, as well as Bloomberg’s own surveys of restaurants. The index is a proxy to measure changes in a city’s demographics, spending power, business growth and influx or outflow of wealth." The findings are then displayed in a graph, which can be seen below. But first, let’s look at some of the more notable results.
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New York City tops the chart yet again, with Seattle, San Francisco, Miami and Los Angeles rounding out the top five. There’s nothing particularly surprising here, except that Seattle was further down the list last year, making its second place rank the highest jump on the list. In their research, Bloomberg also looked at "changes in a city’s demographics, spending power, business growth and influx or outflow of wealth,” as well as "two of the most iconic Americanized imports of Japanese cuisine,” the spicy tuna roll and, of course, the California roll.
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On the opposite end of the results, for the second year in a row, both the second and third-to-last cities are the same. The two runners-up are Columbus and Wilmington, respectively. New Orleans is the cheapest major city for sushi, and with the city’s already rich food culture, their sushi is probably pretty delicious.
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Check out the full graph here...
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