According to WalletHub,* Richmond has the most craft breweries and wineries per capita in the entire country. This is impressive when you consider that we don’t even have any wineries within the city limits. Specifically, there are 10.44 craft breweries per 100,000 residents.
This isn’t a surprise — we’ve all known that if you threw a rock, you’d probably hit a local brewery. (Not that I’m advocating it. Keep your rocks to yourselves.)
It’s not quite so impressive when you realize that we’re tied at No. 1 with San Francisco, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Tampa, Florida, Cincinnati and Denver — we’re just not as special as we think. But given our size compared with the other cities, we’re killing it.
What is surprising is our ranking for grocery stores per capita. We come in at No. 3, with 119.3 stores per 100,000. That seems like an awful lot, and I can’t imagine how crammed Cincinnati and Orlando, which tied for first place, are with parking lots, grocery carts and supermarkets.
In addition, Richmond comes in at No. 6 for restaurants per capita. That means we have 6.9 per 100,000 people — and that seems a little low to me. Miami, Orlando, Florida, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Pittsburgh all come in ahead of us. (Pittsburgh? Really?)
Our ranking for access to healthy options is shameful: No. 115. That should be our real focus. Former Ukrop’s and Martin’s executive Jim Scanlon is working on it — he's planning to open a Jim's Local Market in the East End, although no timeline has been announced. Still, one store is a drop in the bucket.
In short, WalletHub says that Richmond overall is the 9th most food-friendly city. And because the rest of the cities ranked are larger than us, I think we’re holding our own here nicely. (Pittsburgh was No. 13, FYI.)
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*Data used to create these rankings were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Council for Community and Economic Research, Federation of Tax Administrators, Tax Foundation, County Health Rankings and Yelp. In determining WalletHub’s sample, they considered only the city proper in each case and excluded surrounding cities in the metro area.