New York City may feel like it has a cocktail lounge on every corner, but it didn’t even crack the top 10 on a new list of U.S. cities with the most bars per capita in 2013. That somewhat dubious honor belongs to a group of beer-guzzling Rust Belt cities, according to researchers at Infogroup Targeting Solutions, which gathers such data for sales and marketing companies.
Infogroup pulled information on the number of bars in major U.S. cities in September and October 2013 from its real-time business database, Data Axle, and it found that the Rust Belt cities typically house large breweries and have a wealth of bustling bars to prove it.
Orlando, meanwhile, was the first city outside the Rust Belt on the list at No. 6, suggesting that thirsty travelers and overworked theme park employees share a common bond in booze. Orlando also had the greatest number of restaurants per 10,000 residents, followed by Atlanta, Miami, Las Vegas and St. Louis.
Interestingly, researchers noted that cities with a high concentration of bars also led the nation in the number of pizza parlors per capita. With 10.3 per 10,000 residents, Orlando beat out Pizza-crazed New York and Chicago (which didn’t even make the list) as the top pizza city in the U.S., followed by the Rust Belt hubs of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Cleveland. In total, seven of the same cities appeared on the top 10 lists for both bars and pizza parlors.
Infogroup researchers similarly looked at the top cities for barbecue, burgers and seafood. While Orlando boasted the most seafood restaurants and burger joints per capita, Atlanta had nearly twice as much barbecue on offer.
Scroll through the slideshow above for a look at the U.S. cities with the most bars per capita in 2013.