Massachusetts Ranks Among Most Pizza-Loving States

Fact Checked by Michael Peters

Massachusetts offers pizza choices that might be a little different than what you find in the big cities, but it’s not a surprise the Bay State loves pizza more than most.

With National Pizza Day arriving Feb. 9 and the Super Bowl coming up Sunday with Kansas City taking on San Francisco — Massachusetts sports betting sites list the 49ers as a 2-point favorite — we decided to look at the states who love to eat pizza the most.

BetMassachusetts.com utilized two combined data points to develop the ranking of the 50 states in terms of loving pizza. We utilized Statista.com to get the pizzerias per capita in each state and Google Trends to get the searches for “pizza” over the past 12 months (Feb. 1, 2023 to Feb. 1, 2024). Once acquiring that information, we averaged out the ranking of the states to get our final rankings.

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Pizza Loving States

Overall Rank, State Pizzerias Per Capita Rank “Pizza” Search Ranking Total Average Ranking
1. Rhode Island 1st (37.3 pizzerias) 1st (100 interest) 1
2. Connecticut 2nd (36.8 pizzerias) 2nd (88 interest) 2
3. Pennsylvania 3rd (36.2 pizzerias) T-3rd (86 interest) 3
4. Delaware 6th (34 pizzerias) T-3rd (86 interest) 4.5
5. New Hampshire 8th (33.5 pizzerias) T-3rd (86 interest) 5.5
6. Massachusetts 7th (33.6 pizzerias) 6th (82 interest) 6.5
7. New Jersey 4th (35.7 pizzerias) T-10th (70 interest) 7
8. Ohio 9th (32 pizzerias) 7th (78 interest) 8
9. Iowa 5th (34.6 pizzerias) 12th (69 interest) 8.5
10. Indiana 13th (29.1 pizzerias) 9th (74 interest) 11

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Coming in at No. 6 in the Country

If Massachusetts sports betting apps took wagers on such things, it would be a huge upset to not see New York or Illinois in the Top 10, since pizza from two of the nation’s largest cities has such a devoted following. But that size drives down the number of pizzerias per capita, so we get to see how New England dominates the top of this list.

With Rhode Island at No. 1, Connecticut at No.2, New Hampshire at No. 5 and Massachusetts at No. 6, New England has four of the top six in the country for states that love to eat pizza.

Oh sure, you think of lobster and some clam chowder when you think of traveling to Boston for business, but the pizza brings a sophisticated number of choices to choose from.

The NewEngland.com website lists several to seek out when visiting Massachusetts, starting with the South Shore bar pizza that has the cracker-like crust as its hallmark. The mozzarella and cheddar give you the right blend, and then you’ve got your choice of toppings that can stray from your usual pepperoni and sausage. There’s baked beans, onions, salami and others.

Another study commissioned in Chicago showed Boston has the fourth-most pizzerias in the country per 100,000 people. There are plenty of lists of best pizza in Massachusetts, including one from wickedlocal.com. It ranks Hoey’s Pizza in Randolph as the best, followed by Regina Pizzeria’s many locations, Pino’s Pizza in Brighton, Poopsie’s in Pembroke and Town Spa Pizza in Stoughton.

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Author

Douglas Pils has been a sports journalist for 30 years in Texas, Arkansas and New York having worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and Newsday. He currently runs the Student Media Department at Baylor University.

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