Best Cities to Start a Restaurant

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Best Cities to Start a Restaurant

Opening a new restaurant can be a risky business. Owners need a solid business plan, an efficient yet friendly staff, delicious food and a little bit of luck.

Location is also key to the success of a new eatery. Entering a market that’s oversaturated with dining options or where the population is on the decline can spell disaster for a fledgling restaurant.

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There are some markets where demand for new restaurants is high and restaurateurs are thriving. NerdWallet crunched the numbers to help find those places across the nation.

NerdWallet’s analysis

NerdWallet examined 530 cities in the U.S., each with a population of at least 50,000. We used U.S. Census Bureau data to calculate the score for each location based on demand for new restaurants and local economic conditions that could affect the success of those restaurants.

To analyze demand, we looked at population growth and density, and we also factored in median annual income and income growth, as well as restaurant sales per resident and the number of new eateries.

To assess economic conditions, we looked at payroll costs, growth in labor and median monthly housing costs. For more details on our methodology, see the end of this article.

Key takeaways

New residents, new restaurants. Cedar Park, Frisco and Round Rock, Texas; and Fishers, Indiana, each saw population increases of nearly 10% or more in a three-year span. Those new residents helped drive the need for new restaurants. In Cedar Park, for example, where the population jumped over 20%, the number of restaurants more than doubled.

Suburbs drawing new eateries. Nearly all of the top 10 cities are part of a larger metropolitan area, such as Dallas and Austin, Texas; and Nashville, Tennessee — cities that have experienced a culinary renaissance, which has been extended to neighboring suburbs.

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Best cities to start a restaurant

1. Cedar Park, Texas

The Greater Austin area is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan regions in the country, and Cedar Park, a major suburb, is reaping the rewards. The number of restaurants in Cedar Park doubled over five years, partly in response to a surge in new residents. Recent restaurant additions include In-N-Out Burger and Sushi Fever, which both opened in 2014. City officials don’t expect Cedar Park’s population growth to slow soon, so demand for new dining options should remain strong.

2. Mission, Texas

Heavy auto traffic can translate into heavy foot traffic for businesses, a fact that many restaurants in Mission are capitalizing on. New restaurants have popped up along the Interstate 2 corridor, which bisects this border city. Those eateries include Freebirds World Burrito, a fast-casual chain that opened in 2012, and the Tilted Kilt, a pub and restaurant that opened nearby. Owners of the Tilted Kilt looked specifically for a location along the expressway, which connects Mission with neighboring McAllen.

3. Franklin, Tennessee

Franklin is in the Nashville metropolitan area. The restaurant boom that has prompted chefs from across the nation to open up shop in Music City has extended to Franklin, as well. Residents in this wealthy suburb have a median annual income of about $60,000, and enjoy spending their hard-earned cash on a meal out. The number of restaurants in Franklin increased nearly 50% over a five-year period, while sales in the eateries top $190 million annually, which works out to over $3,000 per resident.

4. Smyrna, Georgia

Smyrna has transformed from a sleepy suburb to a modern bedroom community in the past few decades. The transition has brought an influx of residents — the city’s population increased nearly 30%  from 2000 to 2012 — and so did demand for dining options. Four new restaurants opened in one month in 2012, including Happy Belly Truck, a mobile culinary endeavor that’s still going strong.

5. Round Rock, Texas

Round Rock is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. and is part of one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas, to boot. The city’s rapid and continuing growth makes the market ripe for new restaurants. Round Rock residents welcome new eateries on a regular basis, including staples from nearby Austin such as Kerbey Lane Cafe, which expanded to Round Rock in May.

6. Frisco, Texas

Frisco is home to some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, a fact that has meant big business for the city’s restaurants. Sales at restaurants topped $200 million in recent years, and Frisco added 100 new restaurants in a five-year span. Those new restaurants were necessary to keep up with the city’s rapidly growing population that jumped over 15% from 2010 to 2013, making it one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., a common theme among cities on this list.

7. Alpharetta, Georgia

Alpharetta was recently named the best small city to start a business, partly due to the nearly 9,000 businesses that have set up shop in the Atlanta suburb. Those who live and work in Alpharetta enjoy dining in the city, too. Sales in Alpharetta restaurants top $300 million a year, which works out to about $6,000 per resident annually — second only to Miami Beach, Florida.

8. Fishers, Indiana

Fishers is affordable, has strong schools and residents have easy access to nearby Indianapolis. This combination has helped the city lure young professionals, families and the businesses that cater to them. Nearly 35% of Fishers’ residents are 35-54 years old, a prime target market for restaurant owners. Those residents and visitors in Fishers have helped restaurants ring up over $100 million in annual sales.

9. Milpitas, California

Like many cities on this list, Milpitas is among the fastest-growing places in the U.S. That growth has been good for restaurant owners in this San Jose suburb. Eateries in Milpitas see over $200 million in sales, or roughly $3,000 per resident annually. New additions to the city’s restaurant scene include Wayback Burgers, a casual chain that opened in January 2015.

10. Southaven, Mississippi

Mississippi might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking about economic growth, but commercial and residential construction in Southaven is booming since the recession. The Memphis suburb saw a major expansion at Southaven Towne Center mall in recent years and a new outlet mall is slated to open this fall. A growing retail scene is good news for prospective restaurant owners hoping to capitalize on hungry shoppers and add to an already strong culinary scene that rakes in over $105 million in sales annually.

Best cities to start a restaurant

Scroll through the table below to see the data for all 530 cities.

Rank Place Median annual income
in
2013
Median annual income growth 2010-2013 Sales in restaurants per resident Restaurant growth 2002-2007 Payroll
as a percentage
of revenue
Restaurant wage growth per employee 2002-2007 Score
1 Cedar Park, Texas $55,933 11.40% $1,125 107.89% 25.52% -5.85% 75.90
2 Mission, Texas $37,421 12.87% $1,146 55.56% 23.53% -2.59% 75.39
3 Franklin, Tennessee $59,338 7.24% $3,326 49.28% 29.86% 1.63% 72.63
4 Smyrna, Georgia $50,677 2.45% $2,763 25.20% 27.85% 1.46% 69.35
5 Round Rock, Texas $46,743 10.94% $2,421 49.64% 27.72% 14.23% 68.94
6 Frisco, Texas $71,839 9.05% $2,297 138.89% 29.04% -2.60% 68.87
7 Alpharetta, Georgia $65,460 4.78% $6,081 42.44% 30.60% 5.18% 68.37
8 Fishers, Indiana $61,803 2.31% $1,566 47.56% 29.23% -1.49% 68.22
9 Milpitas, California $60,991 9.95% $3,186 13.68% 28.92% 0.90% 66.58
10 Southaven, Mississippi $42,381 3.36% $2,482 83.64% 27.44% 4.73% 66.31
11 Concord, North Carolina $45,275 7.52% $3,144 50.39% 29.04% 14.37% 66.25
12 Renton, Washington $48,219 3.86% $2,338 37.67% 27.99% 16.40% 66.17
13 Grand Prairie, Texas $40,563 12.50% $1,117 16.33% 26.25% 3.42% 65.98
14 McAllen, Texas $35,801 12.09% $2,415 31.47% 26.60% 16.05% 65.95
15 Conroe, Texas $36,889 18.49% $2,555 34.65% 27.72% 13.25% 65.77
16 San Clemente, California $76,524 16.13% $1,828 24.56% 26.04% 7.40% 65.69
17 Irvine, California $76,525 8.51% $2,930 36.00% 28.38% 11.06% 65.51
18 Washington, D.C. $64,574 12.52% $4,008 20.25% 29.49% 18.47% 65.06
19 Mountain View, California $90,492 19.76% $3,423 15.38% 27.43% 21.44% 64.68
20 Gaithersburg, Maryland $58,758 4.25% $3,263 33.14% 27.26% 22.57% 64.46
21 Kingsport, Tennessee $40,019 7.05% $3,302 8.50% 28.15% 13.45% 64.40
22 Hoboken, New Jersey $77,115 -0.21% $3,035 30.87% 25.66% 18.79% 64.12
23 New Braunfels, Texas $41,133 8.06% $2,324 43.48% 28.10% 7.91% 63.83
24 Oakland, California $51,255 8.78% $1,387 11.67% 26.75% 10.72% 63.57
25 West Des Moines, Iowa $51,436 18.10% $2,767 52.63% 32.51% 5.88% 63.48
26 Buena Park, California $45,589 10.18% $1,782 41.88% 27.15% 16.24% 63.29
27 Boca Raton, Florida $56,573 11.80% $4,479 35.77% 29.29% 6.91% 63.01
28 Arcadia, California $60,790 6.35% $2,822 24.83% 28.39% 9.82% 62.89
29 Richardson, Texas $52,071 3.86% $1,867 7.49% 27.61% 2.31% 62.75
30 Pharr, Texas $27,235 11.67% $1,031 25.45% 22.12% 11.40% 62.68
31 Charlotte, North Carolina $42,330 2.92% $2,405 24.30% 28.04% 10.54% 62.67
32 Cary, North Carolina $64,581 -0.32% $1,911 19.68% 29.63% 4.50% 62.52
33 Mount Vernon, New York $45,106 6.19% $596 38.57% 25.42% 12.01% 62.28
34 Tamarac, Florida $38,346 1.38% $916 12.68% 24.08% 3.90% 62.27
35 Roseville, California $59,395 7.07% $2,805 49.52% 29.70% 14.26% 62.13
36 Temple, Texas $39,839 6.72% $1,929 26.26% 27.01% 5.99% 62.05
37 Sanford, Florida $35,590 12.61% $2,212 55.26% 29.59% 10.38% 61.99
38 Orlando, Florida $36,199 5.19% $4,007 28.36% 27.40% 16.68% 61.96
39 Houston, Texas $37,292 4.73% $2,232 30.20% 27.07% 12.11% 61.85
40 Raleigh, North Carolina $43,870 4.32% $2,269 32.95% 28.76% 11.84% 61.83
41 Hillsboro, Oregon $47,314 5.74% $2,033 36.81% 28.53% 14.06% 61.75
42 Jersey City, New Jersey $51,794 9.87% $976 14.92% 25.80% 18.33% 61.70
43 Atlanta, Georgia $50,934 6.38% $3,463 8.05% 29.04% 10.18% 61.67
44 Broken Arrow, Oklahoma $44,816 7.07% $1,251 40.59% 29.44% 1.24% 61.52
45 Alexandria, Virginia $67,150 11.03% $2,297 3.11% 30.83% 10.78% 61.51
46 Santa Clara, California $76,580 13.09% $2,677 8.95% 28.41% 14.81% 61.50
47 Austin, Texas $42,831 6.49% $2,611 27.48% 29.83% 9.49% 61.21
48 Miami Beach, Florida $41,881 4.29% $7,103 28.15% 29.58% 22.36% 61.20
49 Cupertino, California $115,604 9.42% $2,496 26.85% 30.39% 7.75% 61.15
50 Pittsburg, California $45,489 7.53% $1,073 24.19% 26.95% 0.41% 60.93
51 Lewisville, Texas $43,350 8.30% $2,178 25.81% 28.46% 13.25% 60.92
52 Fremont, California $75,569 10.62% $1,233 32.23% 27.98% 7.58% 60.86
53 Gardena, California $39,321 4.54% $1,654 -7.14% 24.46% 2.45% 60.86
54 Georgetown, Texas $46,228 9.45% $1,578 69.23% 28.22% 4.24% 60.80
55 Plano, Texas $59,149 5.21% $2,204 21.94% 29.72% 12.81% 60.70
56 Castle Rock, Colorado $65,641 13.53% $1,469 41.67% 32.93% 4.08% 60.54
57 Paramount, California $30,048 10.96% $753 16.67% 23.02% 8.05% 60.52
58 Deerfield Beach, Florida $37,413 12.18% $1,858 4.93% 27.24% 8.89% 60.45
59 Roswell, Georgia $52,508 0.24% $1,925 26.92% 29.24% 6.53% 60.44
60 Fullerton, California $49,845 8.62% $1,740 23.56% 27.25% 9.20% 60.42
61 Denver, Colorado $46,209 10.19% $2,743 9.58% 29.93% 16.22% 60.19
62 Elk Grove, California $55,056 5.14% $1,254 73.28% 28.57% 10.83% 59.87
63 McKinney, Texas $52,769 3.89% $1,501 94.38% 28.28% 16.51% 59.75
64 Warner Robins, Georgia $36,745 4.25% $1,845 10.71% 27.77% 4.65% 59.59
65 Portland, Oregon $46,406 9.42% $2,627 23.19% 30.32% 16.03% 59.58
66 Woodbury, Minnesota $64,658 5.72% $1,615 57.89% 31.05% 5.77% 59.46
67 Hawthorne, California $34,106 -4.13% $1,066 35.23% 23.67% 8.48% 59.41
68 Miami, Florida $29,954 11.48% $2,029 2.82% 26.45% 27.48% 59.20
69 Costa Mesa, California $49,654 10.21% $3,572 14.68% 29.81% 12.04% 59.09
70 Fontana, California $41,032 10.31% $825 48.46% 26.88% 10.32% 59.04
71 Murfreesboro, Tennessee $41,051 6.02% $2,351 37.43% 29.34% 13.13% 58.99
72 Merced, California $37,225 2.42% $1,260 11.93% 25.60% -0.62% 58.97
73 San Jose, California $57,498 6.67% $1,484 17.66% 28.01% 8.45% 58.87
74 Lodi, California $44,580 14.60% $1,399 8.33% 27.48% 7.96% 58.86
75 St. Peters, Missouri $50,993 7.47% $2,333 49.60% 30.64% 7.71% 58.72
76 San Buenaventura, California $53,703 11.48% $2,477 24.28% 28.95% 17.27% 58.66
77 Encinitas, California $67,534 9.17% $2,784 15.72% 28.94% 4.97% 58.64
78 High Point, North Carolina $38,555 5.11% $1,884 14.42% 29.00% 8.38% 58.51
79 Lafayette, Louisiana $41,713 1.68% $3,997 16.26% 27.55% 12.05% 58.51
80 San Antonio, Texas $36,037 6.65% $1,968 19.76% 28.78% 8.39% 58.41
81 Bellevue, Washington $75,307 12.02% $2,804 23.43% 32.35% 15.54% 58.40
82 Auburn, Alabama $46,277 11.29% $2,027 35.45% 27.06% 23.84% 58.38
83 Arlington, Texas $40,387 4.95% $1,478 7.81% 28.11% 2.50% 58.38
84 Temecula, California $54,196 1.06% $2,793 56.32% 29.86% 12.27% 58.37
85 Pleasanton, California $93,490 13.70% $2,609 17.03% 28.73% 18.59% 58.31
86 Pasadena, California $55,478 7.55% $3,408 18.08% 28.93% 14.39% 58.25
87 Schaumburg, Illinois $55,369 5.03% $4,488 16.67% 30.32% 5.03% 58.21
88 Fayetteville, Arkansas $41,429 13.15% $2,708 17.79% 29.26% 11.87% 58.20
89 Charleston, West Virginia $49,771 16.61% $2,688 2.62% 30.25% 3.22% 58.12
90 Edmond, Oklahoma $51,055 7.50% $1,825 20.14% 30.53% -7.94% 58.11
91 Lakewood, California $51,979 3.08% $1,972 18.60% 26.65% 12.79% 58.03
92 Homestead, Florida $30,414 6.78% $1,025 28.57% 27.45% 16.76% 57.95
93 Walnut Creek, California $81,478 11.77% $3,240 8.94% 30.44% 4.01% 57.87
94 Sparks, Nevada $41,025 2.51% $1,410 51.61% 27.68% 10.19% 57.87
95 Seattle, Washington $57,332 7.37% $3,259 16.72% 31.72% 22.58% 57.83
96 Torrance, California $60,740 0.96% $2,964 6.48% 29.68% 11.76% 57.82
97 Reading, Pennsylvania $29,279 2.12% $875 -9.33% 24.43% -3.22% 57.77
98 Centennial, Colorado $61,211 6.51% $1,094 38.05% 29.24% 9.65% 57.75
99 Jonesboro, Arkansas $35,444 2.13% $2,080 28.93% 28.04% 7.97% 57.63
100 Royal Oak, Michigan $54,290 4.79% $2,323 2.26% 29.44% 9.15% 57.59
101 Tampa, Florida $41,738 7.58% $2,966 11.61% 28.12% 21.33% 57.55
102 San Francisco, California $63,991 8.63% $3,573 8.19% 29.87% 21.01% 57.50
103 Greenville, South Carolina $41,797 8.84% $4,816 27.41% 30.70% 16.73% 57.45
104 Redondo Beach, California $80,592 5.84% $2,445 7.74% 28.62% 13.85% 57.43
105 Carrollton, Texas $47,265 4.00% $1,128 5.08% 26.68% 12.30% 57.30
106 Pasadena, Texas $37,693 5.77% $1,166 4.05% 25.91% 7.38% 57.30
107 Midland, Texas $46,204 23.04% $2,048 3.38% 28.01% 16.82% 57.30
108 West Allis, Wisconsin $40,339 0.40% $1,536 -4.02% 25.15% 7.30% 57.25
109 Arlington Heights, Illinois $63,668 9.59% $2,081 7.55% 28.47% 10.19% 57.15
110 Davis, California $62,755 2.04% $1,855 31.03% 26.45% 10.83% 57.14
111 Huntington Park, California $23,098 -7.48% $1,418 17.65% 24.72% 0.36% 57.14
112 Missoula, Montana $34,979 4.51% $2,614 -3.60% 25.88% 8.32% 57.14
113 Loveland, Colorado $41,519 1.55% $1,964 43.22% 29.55% 10.96% 57.12
114 Orange, California $50,201 -0.76% $2,614 8.00% 26.82% 6.39% 57.11
115 Sunnyvale, California $84,368 10.28% $1,692 4.14% 28.66% 15.27% 57.09
116 El Monte, California $27,563 6.24% $676 17.69% 23.85% 12.02% 57.03
117 Burbank, California $52,040 -0.04% $3,409 15.68% 28.28% 16.36% 56.95
118 Thornton, Colorado $45,733 2.59% $1,171 39.00% 29.11% 14.52% 56.89
119 Novi, Michigan $71,037 3.88% $2,796 12.70% 31.42% 9.79% 56.87
120 Fort Lauderdale, Florida $44,248 5.89% $3,381 7.16% 28.34% 20.90% 56.86
121 Chapel Hill, North Carolina $62,550 26.26% $3,791 32.67% 29.30% 25.57% 56.81
122 Vacaville, California $54,775 4.64% $1,491 12.12% 28.35% -0.92% 56.74
123 Beaverton, Oregon $48,405 6.29% $2,363 24.65% 31.27% 11.49% 56.72
124 Decatur, Alabama $34,717 6.45% $1,905 12.50% 27.29% 7.19% 56.64
125 Baldwin Park, California $31,585 2.28% $740 18.75% 24.13% 6.39% 56.60
126 Lynwood, California $27,518 1.22% $841 21.05% 22.70% 5.26% 56.58
127 Newark, New Jersey $34,196 1.62% $1,481 11.16% 24.31% 18.35% 56.55
128 Diamond Bar, California $59,077 9.02% $964 19.35% 27.52% 1.44% 56.40
129 Federal Way, Washington $43,835 -1.13% $1,756 19.89% 28.45% 3.57% 56.38
130 Rockville, Maryland $71,662 7.88% $2,752 18.32% 29.20% 21.45% 56.37
131 Brownsville, Texas $28,826 11.75% $1,056 12.83% 26.07% 14.91% 56.30
132 Bellevue, Nebraska $37,985 7.01% $1,322 17.14% 29.23% 6.08% 56.22
133 Corona, California $50,005 -0.85% $1,562 68.26% 28.91% 3.60% 56.20
134 Port St. Lucie, Florida $37,371 3.72% $765 46.60% 28.39% 3.46% 56.20
135 Santa Rosa, California $48,349 10.12% $1,633 10.45% 27.81% 9.72% 55.97
136 Fort Myers, Florida $32,373 -0.38% $3,613 20.30% 25.84% 27.51% 55.91
137 Passaic, New Jersey $27,458 -1.73% $490 14.47% 21.06% -2.57% 55.88
138 Olathe, Kansas $50,772 3.43% $1,603 43.33% 31.20% 7.37% 55.88
139 Harlingen, Texas $32,434 1.92% $1,838 10.40% 27.46% -0.23% 55.85
140 Camarillo, California $61,889 2.12% $2,083 34.78% 27.85% 8.85% 55.68
141 Dallas, Texas $36,117 6.28% $1,935 9.10% 28.74% 9.53% 55.65
142 Huntington Beach, California $61,112 0.31% $1,727 17.01% 28.60% 12.35% 55.60
143 Skokie, Illinois $49,866 -2.01% $2,225 5.26% 28.33% 1.34% 55.52
144 El Cajon, California $36,635 -0.67% $1,693 17.89% 27.50% 8.03% 55.47
145 South Gate, California $30,292 4.92% $621 8.42% 23.79% 6.06% 55.44
146 Hialeah, Florida $25,219 3.23% $987 5.96% 23.96% 23.55% 55.38
147 Oxnard, California $32,470 0.55% $1,041 20.29% 26.67% -5.08% 55.36
148 Palatine, Illinois $55,327 8.64% $1,172 7.96% 27.06% 17.01% 55.35
149 Garland, Texas $33,841 -4.39% $1,008 17.99% 27.43% -0.87% 55.33
150 Tyler, Texas $36,364 10.72% $2,589 14.49% 28.10% 14.48% 55.25
151 Waltham, Massachusetts $56,655 4.68% $2,852 31.31% 29.06% 17.38% 55.23
152 Pensacola, Florida $36,596 6.42% $3,523 21.13% 29.13% 13.33% 55.22
153 Baytown, Texas $41,200 12.24% $1,755 1.63% 26.93% 17.56% 55.20
154 Alhambra, California $41,487 0.62% $1,647 12.72% 28.62% 6.49% 55.16
155 Minneapolis, Minnesota $46,145 8.07% $2,617 16.40% 31.40% 17.37% 55.12
156 Concord, California $51,447 1.92% $1,738 15.11% 27.15% 8.42% 55.02
157 Albany, New York $41,066 1.90% $2,683 2.09% 24.78% 13.74% 55.02
158 Redmond, Washington $89,356 10.68% $4,663 30.00% 31.44% 27.61% 55.00
159 Glendale, California $46,714 3.53% $1,457 19.27% 27.08% 16.60% 54.99
160 National City, California $27,942 -2.18% $2,163 9.15% 25.73% 17.09% 54.85
161 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania $40,720 4.64% $1,474 12.21% 27.52% 19.95% 54.82
162 New York, New York $46,889 7.55% $1,742 15.98% 28.15% 22.05% 54.79
163 Edinburg, Texas $34,211 2.10% $1,119 46.38% 27.12% 19.87% 54.78
164 Monterey Park, California $40,922 1.82% $1,695 9.42% 28.11% 8.90% 54.67
165 Boston, Massachusetts $51,552 6.87% $3,762 6.89% 28.55% 23.54% 54.57
166 Reno, Nevada $40,219 4.53% $2,157 27.00% 29.73% 8.73% 54.52
167 Blue Springs, Missouri $44,855 6.85% $1,354 23.38% 27.67% 13.68% 54.50
168 Marietta, Georgia $35,801 -3.93% $2,505 15.24% 28.06% 8.55% 54.37
169 Davenport, Iowa $41,444 12.24% $2,098 25.11% 30.38% 13.63% 54.28
170 Chandler, Arizona $50,658 4.08% $1,680 48.16% 31.06% 19.53% 54.16
171 Springfield, Oregon $35,595 8.81% $1,811 13.18% 28.97% 10.44% 54.12
172 Columbus, Ohio $40,445 5.58% $2,059 15.46% 29.49% 14.15% 54.10
173 Killeen, Texas $31,968 0.24% $1,460 12.35% 27.24% 9.47% 54.09
174 Lubbock, Texas $36,813 6.63% $2,115 12.96% 27.19% 13.53% 54.08
175 Omaha, Nebraska $40,034 8.37% $1,941 10.27% 29.86% 13.23% 54.08
176 Vancouver, Washington $41,770 2.77% $1,797 25.99% 29.93% 8.72% 54.03
177 Fort Worth, Texas $40,586 5.27% $1,513 11.95% 27.95% 18.50% 54.01
178 Chicago, Illinois $44,600 5.69% $1,856 8.19% 27.33% 21.58% 53.99
179 Davie, Florida $46,324 2.03% $1,850 31.06% 26.77% 25.57% 53.98
180 Rock Hill, South Carolina $36,298 2.05% $2,153 15.91% 28.56% 8.73% 53.86
181 Pico Rivera, California $35,830 8.43% $1,218 10.71% 25.51% 19.20% 53.80
182 Antioch, California $50,232 7.09% $1,208 21.31% 28.04% 8.01% 53.77
183 Simi Valley, California $58,480 7.03% $1,584 48.19% 29.24% 13.20% 53.74
184 Rosemead, California $31,430 0.97% $1,351 23.40% 28.43% 13.14% 53.74
185 North Charleston, South Carolina $31,492 1.27% $2,141 20.77% 28.56% 8.31% 53.62
186 Carmel, Indiana $77,535 8.41% $1,613 37.23% 31.76% 22.59% 53.62
187 Owensboro, Kentucky $36,602 15.07% $2,065 10.43% 31.63% 11.69% 53.59
188 Indio, California $36,139 -1.14% $759 35.38% 27.76% 6.26% 53.56
189 Aurora, Illinois $42,265 0.09% $1,149 29.15% 28.03% 9.51% 53.52
190 St. Louis, Missouri $38,770 8.61% $2,253 -4.22% 28.34% 16.33% 53.47
191 Petaluma, California $56,811 6.58% $2,080 16.67% 26.81% 21.29% 53.42
192 Baltimore, Maryland $42,316 7.06% $1,642 10.38% 26.93% 24.86% 53.42
193 Little Rock, Arkansas $41,528 11.43% $2,188 13.63% 29.37% 17.15% 53.40
194 South San Francisco, California $47,211 -1.68% $3,494 27.01% 26.82% 33.52% 53.29
195 Mesquite, Texas $36,873 1.43% $1,528 12.65% 29.63% 0.25% 53.28
196 Bridgeport, Connecticut $36,607 -2.02% $921 4.35% 24.30% 11.75% 53.22
197 Vineland, New Jersey $43,855 10.01% $1,173 18.95% 25.85% 14.80% 53.22
198 North Richland Hills, Texas $46,103 1.54% $1,593 6.25% 29.84% 3.37% 53.17
199 Vista, California $34,025 -4.04% $1,124 21.53% 27.50% 5.10% 53.15
200 Wilmington, Delaware $42,220 6.14% $2,256 15.91% 28.84% 22.34% 53.11
201 Pompano Beach, Florida $32,574 -5.65% $1,673 23.00% 25.95% 16.65% 53.10
202 Plantation, Florida $49,462 8.87% $1,826 22.30% 28.13% 28.59% 53.09
203 Bakersfield, California $43,549 6.30% $1,652 22.18% 28.27% 15.40% 53.08
204 Waco, Texas $32,228 9.58% $2,086 18.70% 29.00% 8.39% 53.08
205 Riverside, California $41,248 4.65% $1,368 23.90% 27.47% 12.77% 53.07
206 Aurora, Colorado $40,351 6.14% $1,272 21.84% 29.58% 9.72% 53.04
207 Chino, California $49,031 8.76% $1,391 21.90% 28.27% 9.70% 52.95
208 Gilroy, California $48,045 -7.25% $1,939 25.29% 27.80% 4.66% 52.94
209 Parma, Ohio $41,364 2.12% $1,311 9.20% 28.37% 4.68% 52.94
210 Evanston, Illinois $56,326 -5.54% $2,324 17.68% 27.09% 15.86% 52.90
211 St. Charles, Missouri $46,045 6.15% $2,389 18.95% 30.32% 12.43% 52.87
212 Fairfield, California $50,113 -0.72% $1,361 9.43% 26.41% 2.54% 52.86
213 Asheville, North Carolina $37,429 12.15% $4,732 25.71% 31.28% 20.27% 52.80
214 Alameda, California $61,291 2.83% $1,395 30.71% 29.78% 27.99% 52.78
215 Greensboro, North Carolina $36,446 2.32% $2,442 16.08% 29.39% 11.43% 52.77
216 Hendersonville, Tennessee $43,915 -1.17% $1,581 66.07% 30.85% 12.69% 52.77
217 Denton, Texas $37,982 -0.24% $1,635 31.65% 28.12% 11.03% 52.63
218 Sacramento, California $43,867 1.93% $1,745 22.29% 29.18% 12.55% 52.46
219 Cicero, Illinois $30,991 3.16% $677 17.65% 23.67% 20.25% 52.37
220 Visalia, California $43,025 3.90% $1,462 26.22% 28.99% 13.01% 52.35
221 Nampa, Idaho $31,667 -2.20% $1,160 25.93% 27.29% 10.65% 52.31
222 Salinas, California $35,103 -0.29% $1,236 16.34% 26.49% 16.34% 52.21
223 Memphis, Tennessee $35,662 7.43% $1,678 7.89% 28.37% 4.79% 52.20
224 Nashua, New Hampshire $50,017 -0.33% $2,106 17.49% 30.20% 1.40% 52.16
225 Lakeville, Minnesota $56,572 1.36% $931 45.95% 34.12% -6.20% 52.14
226 Gresham, Oregon $40,949 12.32% $1,608 12.70% 30.74% 18.32% 52.14
227 Chino Hills, California $63,869 0.99% $1,027 43.84% 26.26% 20.34% 52.08
228 Huntsville, Alabama $41,186 0.77% $2,249 18.43% 29.50% 11.43% 52.03
229 Cleveland, Ohio $33,605 5.25% $1,476 -3.41% 26.02% 16.69% 52.03
230 Los Angeles, California $37,662 1.79% $1,707 12.56% 27.63% 16.47% 51.93
231 Redlands, California $57,554 11.89% $2,169 38.26% 29.03% 26.77% 51.89
232 Citrus Heights, California $42,009 1.66% $1,430 -5.84% 27.80% 6.18% 51.88
233 Lehi, Utah $54,489 11.16% $520 52.63% 25.79% 30.87% 51.86
234 Compton, California $29,424 2.91% $661 23.64% 19.68% 15.98% 51.82
235 Everett, Washington $43,966 8.25% $2,281 21.15% 29.21% 23.54% 51.78
236 Tinley Park, Illinois $54,261 -3.11% $1,722 29.49% 26.70% 15.70% 51.77
237 Waukesha, Wisconsin $44,153 -3.45% $1,432 25.86% 28.37% 4.71% 51.77
238 Pembroke Pines, Florida $47,000 3.45% $1,726 15.23% 28.51% 18.88% 51.65
239 Kenosha, Wisconsin $42,133 4.13% $1,448 13.30% 27.93% 17.11% 51.64
240 Norwalk, Connecticut $57,891 -4.03% $1,922 16.49% 27.01% 15.20% 51.61
241 Columbia, Missouri $41,624 10.41% $2,333 33.62% 31.10% 18.13% 51.60
242 West Covina, California $43,733 -1.37% $1,582 48.84% 28.26% 13.43% 51.60
243 Warwick, Rhode Island $50,907 9.11% $2,443 -1.68% 29.27% 6.77% 51.53
244 Baton Rouge, Louisiana $36,784 6.95% $2,272 10.84% 28.16% 10.63% 51.48
245 Hayward, California $43,171 -0.79% $1,255 22.08% 26.23% 15.41% 51.38
246 Hoover, Alabama $54,087 4.77% $2,234 26.19% 28.95% 23.06% 51.37
247 Coral Springs, Florida $45,615 0.33% $1,587 21.86% 26.62% 28.61% 51.36
248 Maple Grove, Minnesota $61,597 0.63% $2,109 34.78% 32.21% 17.35% 51.35
249 O’Fallon, Missouri $51,466 0.84% $1,455 52.75% 31.46% 19.55% 51.33
250 Chula Vista, California $46,927 5.47% $1,433 35.82% 28.23% 27.53% 51.30
251 Richmond, California $42,245 -3.80% $535 15.69% 26.27% 5.58% 51.24
252 Rogers, Arkansas $35,516 10.86% $2,027 51.43% 31.39% 26.43% 51.22
253 Providence, Rhode Island $37,370 3.31% $2,135 4.15% 29.99% 4.84% 51.21
254 Lake Forest, California $60,237 -2.85% $1,934 25.71% 29.91% 10.23% 51.20
255 New Haven, Connecticut $41,448 2.18% $1,859 18.22% 24.30% 27.72% 51.20
256 Tracy, California $52,261 1.82% $1,186 38.46% 28.78% 16.80% 51.17
257 Sioux Falls, South Dakota $36,839 5.70% $2,066 10.16% 31.40% 8.24% 51.16
258 Victorville, California $40,629 0.20% $1,704 28.67% 27.59% 18.42% 51.16
259 Thousand Oaks, California $76,225 7.39% $2,589 22.73% 29.62% 14.34% 51.03
260 Ogden, Utah $34,043 5.55% $1,246 12.88% 27.74% 8.55% 51.02
261 Medford, Oregon $36,263 6.26% $2,303 15.12% 29.26% 13.85% 50.97
262 Valdosta, Georgia $29,547 -4.13% $2,617 15.70% 27.29% 11.89% 50.97
263 Eagan, Minnesota $60,695 16.30% $1,946 -1.71% 29.51% 21.03% 50.96
264 Lynn, Massachusetts $40,927 4.55% $713 -0.73% 25.97% 17.78% 50.94
265 Amarillo, Texas $36,742 5.58% $1,892 8.27% 27.85% 17.04% 50.90
266 South Bend, Indiana $34,908 8.78% $1,489 3.52% 29.24% -1.37% 50.89
267 Livermore, California $65,519 -2.11% $1,445 20.83% 27.96% 15.95% 50.88
268 Salem, Oregon $40,354 8.48% $1,816 6.23% 28.65% 20.62% 50.84
269 Long Beach, California $44,432 5.11% $1,524 17.49% 29.80% 18.97% 50.82
270 Lafayette, Indiana $34,363 1.13% $2,667 20.23% 31.78% 10.21% 50.80
271 Woodland, California $42,085 -0.71% $1,114 15.12% 26.65% 12.28% 50.74
272 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma $36,806 2.85% $1,775 10.15% 28.84% 10.27% 50.73
273 Palo Alto, California $113,763 11.72% $4,812 7.96% 32.62% 11.71% 50.66
274 North Miami, Florida $28,131 -0.38% $1,297 10.98% 25.81% 33.53% 50.63
275 Redwood City, California $61,661 0.30% $2,249 23.08% 29.05% 21.46% 50.62
276 Norman, Oklahoma $40,442 4.75% $2,138 23.15% 29.50% 12.78% 50.55
277 Layton, Utah $45,903 8.31% $1,635 22.22% 30.14% 13.40% 50.54
278 Lancaster, California $40,634 -4.01% $1,140 38.93% 26.52% 16.19% 50.50
279 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania $40,726 6.82% $2,527 9.31% 29.11% 19.38% 50.50
280 St. Petersburg, Florida $39,117 5.07% $1,385 13.21% 28.83% 16.49% 50.48
281 Hesperia, California $41,489 6.00% $934 47.76% 27.08% 25.06% 50.42
282 Kennewick, Washington $40,056 -4.74% $1,667 7.43% 28.32% 11.54% 50.37
283 Winston-Salem, North Carolina $36,873 2.20% $1,981 14.95% 28.34% 16.48% 50.35
284 Tallahassee, Florida $39,488 6.38% $2,513 18.11% 28.94% 12.89% 50.31
285 Las Cruces, New Mexico $36,113 7.19% $1,955 27.38% 29.25% 20.70% 50.26
286 Wilmington, North Carolina $38,287 5.71% $3,248 19.63% 30.16% 20.85% 50.25
287 Las Vegas, Nevada $39,578 0.57% $2,267 19.93% 27.50% 27.30% 50.25
288 Shreveport, Louisiana $36,411 13.94% $1,600 11.68% 28.95% 18.20% 50.25
289 Eden Prairie, Minnesota $70,682 8.51% $2,061 31.58% 34.23% 17.84% 50.21
290 Overland Park, Kansas $53,789 -1.20% $2,330 14.20% 31.13% 8.66% 50.20
291 Fort Smith, Arkansas $31,686 2.18% $2,052 7.65% 28.12% 12.62% 50.18
292 Manhattan, Kansas $37,643 5.35% $1,919 9.26% 28.16% 19.75% 50.14
293 Vallejo, California $47,433 3.39% $1,179 13.17% 26.15% 18.91% 50.13
294 Newport Beach, California $84,625 3.43% $5,269 18.48% 30.62% 14.83% 50.13
295 Fargo, North Dakota $37,453 4.83% $2,482 25.76% 30.61% 20.09% 50.07
296 Toledo, Ohio $36,351 5.41% $1,277 -6.92% 28.18% 5.18% 50.03
297 Council Bluffs, Iowa $35,983 8.27% $1,620 10.08% 28.49% 11.69% 50.02
298 Rochester, New York $34,898 0.80% $1,312 0.59% 27.62% 9.95% 49.99
299 Downey, California $41,022 8.23% $1,570 11.11% 28.48% 20.28% 49.97
300 Euless, Texas $43,756 -0.94% $2,448 65.96% 30.15% 58.80% 49.95
301 Yonkers, New York $50,556 8.93% $835 11.28% 27.23% 29.66% 49.95
302 Eugene, Oregon $41,574 6.27% $2,067 15.87% 29.49% 14.27% 49.94
303 Southfield, Michigan $46,739 0.49% $2,064 3.52% 28.09% 12.06% 49.92
304 Billings, Montana $39,330 7.79% $2,682 -2.55% 27.94% 28.30% 49.86
305 San Diego, California $50,270 4.29% $2,323 15.81% 28.74% 18.93% 49.86
306 DeSoto, Texas $47,434 9.37% $915 7.69% 31.97% 6.54% 49.84
307 Schenectady, New York $35,027 1.34% $1,058 2.76% 26.36% 18.59% 49.81
308 Gastonia, North Carolina $37,055 3.99% $2,334 13.79% 28.17% 21.74% 49.79
309 Macon, Georgia $30,105 -1.90% $1,886 5.19% 27.11% 1.10% 49.75
310 Des Plaines, Illinois $46,991 -0.69% $1,945 17.16% 27.23% 19.73% 49.74
311 Fayetteville, North Carolina $35,621 4.63% $1,768 23.03% 27.80% 11.71% 49.73
312 Erie, Pennsylvania $33,665 5.41% $1,127 -8.90% 26.64% 15.02% 49.72
313 Pasco, Washington $32,967 -7.47% $586 11.11% 27.17% 2.97% 49.63
314 West Valley City, Utah $34,058 6.57% $940 22.22% 26.90% 22.39% 49.59
315 Norwalk, California $37,365 1.98% $753 4.07% 25.61% 14.24% 49.59
316 Delray Beach, Florida $39,214 4.97% $2,439 16.56% 29.25% 18.11% 49.59
317 Redding, California $40,892 2.25% $1,989 5.77% 27.96% 4.55% 49.57
318 Elkhart, Indiana $31,069 -1.71% $2,244 5.66% 29.40% 4.56% 49.53
319 Ames, Iowa $42,492 5.25% $2,012 9.77% 29.25% 15.94% 49.50
320 Tulsa, Oklahoma $36,182 4.20% $2,026 -0.10% 29.04% 7.36% 49.46
321 Bloomington, Illinois $49,813 1.60% $2,455 27.61% 30.93% 24.48% 49.35
322 Albany, Oregon $39,298 7.20% $1,597 14.44% 27.16% 25.32% 49.30
323 Akron, Ohio $34,502 3.84% $1,128 0.23% 27.07% 9.72% 49.10
324 Wichita, Kansas $38,833 1.67% $1,764 8.85% 29.24% 10.74% 49.04
325 Chattanooga, Tennessee $35,980 6.27% $2,710 11.21% 30.67% 16.74% 49.00
326 Stockton, California $39,830 0.40% $1,090 9.98% 26.55% 17.84% 48.96
327 Troy, Michigan $68,560 -3.91% $3,276 7.79% 31.04% 15.72% 48.96
328 Albuquerque, New Mexico $41,078 6.35% $2,023 11.59% 29.93% 19.31% 48.94
329 Fort Wayne, Indiana $39,116 2.36% $1,802 18.14% 31.29% 6.85% 48.87
330 Oshkosh, Wisconsin $38,822 4.25% $1,756 4.19% 29.17% 10.83% 48.80
331 Modesto, California $41,818 0.92% $1,573 9.94% 28.46% 15.41% 48.65
332 Ann Arbor, Michigan $56,541 18.75% $2,592 8.49% 30.21% 23.69% 48.52
333 Berkeley, California $62,291 1.10% $2,670 10.27% 30.62% 17.35% 48.51
334 Carson, California $42,438 4.70% $1,240 25.69% 27.13% 16.44% 48.50
335 Hanford, California $42,113 7.15% $1,468 8.33% 27.58% 20.72% 48.47
336 Cedar Rapids, Iowa $42,188 3.61% $2,009 15.51% 29.29% 16.39% 48.45
337 Bellflower, California $36,498 -4.59% $753 19.28% 27.10% 13.21% 48.45
338 Danbury, Connecticut $45,777 7.29% $1,965 7.73% 28.74% 18.92% 48.38
339 Warren, Michigan $40,112 0.43% $1,389 5.95% 29.25% 10.52% 48.37
340 Hartford, Connecticut $33,946 3.36% $1,794 13.18% 29.63% 15.49% 48.32
341 Lancaster, Pennsylvania $31,919 1.50% $2,190 6.87% 29.52% 17.92% 48.20
342 Lakewood, Washington $40,882 11.88% $2,114 23.61% 30.17% 26.08% 48.10
343 Bloomington, Indiana $35,622 -1.47% $3,204 15.24% 28.95% 14.98% 48.09
344 Allentown, Pennsylvania $32,496 2.21% $1,309 21.26% 28.71% 21.11% 48.05
345 Plymouth, Minnesota $64,267 0.82% $1,332 30.68% 31.55% 18.12% 48.04
346 Des Moines, Iowa $38,055 3.75% $1,554 6.82% 29.41% 11.37% 48.02
347 Wyoming, Michigan $35,076 -2.14% $1,151 -4.07% 28.03% 5.85% 47.97
348 Madera, California $32,260 4.60% $758 9.68% 24.61% 27.65% 47.92
349 Kansas City, Missouri $41,467 3.93% $2,023 7.59% 29.41% 15.52% 47.92
350 Madison, Wisconsin $45,948 5.09% $2,105 8.70% 30.71% 11.03% 47.91
351 Camden, New Jersey $30,442 10.29% $533 5.68% 23.00% 34.36% 47.88
352 Bend, Oregon $42,014 5.14% $2,479 44.51% 30.96% 31.55% 47.87
353 Westland, Michigan $40,917 1.02% $1,411 -0.69% 28.19% 13.18% 47.86
354 Rapid City, South Dakota $36,999 9.12% $2,565 11.18% 31.12% 14.89% 47.86
355 Joplin, Missouri $34,906 15.57% $2,906 7.10% 30.24% 33.05% 47.81
356 Janesville, Wisconsin $40,073 -2.76% $1,764 8.61% 29.09% 7.17% 47.67
357 Mount Pleasant, South Carolina $54,774 7.00% $2,303 35.61% 32.43% 25.90% 47.63
358 Auburn, Washington $45,122 5.37% $1,544 25.22% 29.93% 25.43% 47.60
359 Cambridge, Massachusetts $61,094 14.13% $3,279 1.35% 30.61% 23.39% 47.58
360 Champaign, Illinois $41,575 -1.12% $2,586 35.98% 30.10% 20.65% 47.55
361 Meriden, Connecticut $43,053 -4.68% $920 10.10% 28.46% 0.28% 47.53
362 Worcester, Massachusetts $42,578 1.92% $1,515 9.11% 28.55% 17.40% 47.52
363 Surprise, Arizona $46,173 5.30% $1,241 116.33% 30.62% 23.09% 47.49
364 Pomona, California $33,343 5.38% $918 20.78% 24.80% 48.20% 47.41
365 Farmington Hills, Michigan $62,323 8.89% $1,463 -5.88% 29.70% 16.74% 47.40
366 Anderson, Indiana $33,008 3.98% $1,876 0.00% 29.29% 1.52% 47.38
367 Salt Lake City, Utah $39,589 9.40% $3,011 0.85% 30.33% 19.58% 47.38
368 Suffolk, Virginia $45,348 5.89% $815 77.05% 28.53% 20.41% 47.34
369 Burnsville, Minnesota $46,048 -3.44% $1,951 24.21% 31.52% 3.75% 47.32
370 Oceanside, California $41,321 0.90% $1,299 19.91% 28.00% 16.09% 47.08
371 Stamford, Connecticut $60,028 7.49% $2,173 16.78% 28.86% 26.42% 47.01
372 Livonia, Michigan $52,443 0.11% $2,227 -6.61% 29.84% 7.78% 47.00
373 Lake Elsinore, California $41,734 -2.79% $1,545 88.68% 28.94% 19.77% 46.98
374 Tuscaloosa, Alabama $33,207 3.62% $2,396 6.22% 27.91% 20.29% 46.97
375 St. Cloud, Minnesota $36,828 4.12% $2,065 18.49% 29.00% 11.07% 46.94
376 Corpus Christi, Texas $38,096 6.31% $1,780 9.18% 28.43% 24.13% 46.91
377 Largo, Florida $35,485 8.44% $1,627 32.81% 30.64% 30.30% 46.83
378 Buffalo, New York $36,994 5.19% $1,261 -5.84% 29.40% 14.56% 46.81
379 Springfield, Missouri $31,435 3.15% $2,932 4.54% 30.26% 10.79% 46.78
380 Elgin, Illinois $40,259 0.57% $910 14.18% 27.93% 9.30% 46.74
381 Anaheim, California $37,982 1.88% $2,011 17.93% 28.03% 27.50% 46.72
382 Mesa, Arizona $40,069 3.24% $1,452 20.56% 28.58% 23.98% 46.69
383 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania $41,155 10.64% $1,478 19.74% 29.00% 24.35% 46.57
384 Bolingbrook, Illinois $45,913 0.81% $1,860 76.00% 29.56% 18.35% 46.53
385 Portsmouth, Virginia $40,018 11.16% $831 6.08% 27.66% 17.16% 46.47
386 Fort Collins, Colorado $45,802 8.35% $2,142 13.04% 31.69% 14.87% 46.43
387 Grand Rapids, Michigan $36,421 2.89% $1,396 5.88% 30.80% 3.43% 46.41
388 Waukegan, Illinois $31,310 -10.56% $945 20.00% 27.16% 8.12% 46.39
389 Newport News, Virginia $37,972 2.91% $1,360 26.12% 28.93% 12.64% 46.36
390 Tacoma, Washington $44,330 4.81% $1,721 20.05% 30.92% 18.70% 46.31
391 Bellingham, Washington $39,567 4.19% $2,611 19.85% 31.86% 9.83% 46.29
392 Santa Ana, California $27,318 -1.23% $1,111 1.04% 26.93% 13.13% 46.25
393 Santa Barbara, California $45,016 2.32% $3,716 2.40% 28.93% 13.83% 46.18
394 Ontario, California $36,659 -0.83% $1,832 20.18% 28.41% 13.72% 46.13
395 Savannah, Georgia $32,460 3.81% $3,047 13.83% 29.57% 22.14% 46.12
396 Newton, Massachusetts $89,910 10.95% $2,657 -1.72% 32.29% 15.26% 46.06
397 Elyria, Ohio $36,344 5.12% $1,470 2.34% 29.32% 11.45% 46.03
398 College Station, Texas $41,225 -1.82% $2,453 24.53% 29.09% 24.32% 45.99
399 West Haven, Connecticut $44,132 4.29% $1,336 15.15% 28.84% 19.67% 45.98
400 West Palm Beach, Florida $36,972 -3.38% $2,517 -2.19% 29.01% 7.20% 45.97
401 Knoxville, Tennessee $34,588 1.77% $3,667 15.58% 31.58% 13.49% 45.96
402 Wellington, Florida $50,835 -1.36% $1,717 68.33% 29.71% 27.17% 45.90
403 Boise City, Idaho $40,259 2.51% $2,004 6.73% 30.31% 19.94% 45.89
404 Green Bay, Wisconsin $35,464 -0.46% $1,660 -6.96% 27.58% 12.27% 45.85
405 North Little Rock, Arkansas $35,047 2.56% $2,478 10.69% 29.84% 19.52% 45.83
406 Waterbury, Connecticut $41,552 1.98% $1,164 2.48% 29.14% 11.61% 45.83
407 Bowling Green, Kentucky $31,399 0.93% $3,480 16.45% 28.52% 39.58% 45.82
408 Elizabeth, New Jersey $30,538 0.74% $983 5.91% 25.53% 38.53% 45.75
409 San Rafael, California $56,512 5.47% $2,105 -0.52% 29.15% 19.33% 45.61
410 Inglewood, California $35,631 1.68% $900 23.15% 28.70% 24.61% 45.54
411 Novato, California $60,895 2.25% $1,557 -3.57% 29.37% 12.05% 45.43
412 Coon Rapids, Minnesota $46,912 5.41% $1,644 15.48% 31.34% 12.52% 45.43
413 Lakeland, Florida $36,642 1.73% $2,550 6.53% 29.90% 14.21% 45.42
414 Manteca, California $44,136 -3.20% $1,218 21.59% 27.03% 34.84% 45.22
415 Fresno, California $36,697 0.76% $1,528 15.24% 29.08% 19.84% 45.22
416 Phoenix, Arizona $38,869 1.89% $1,511 9.02% 28.78% 23.25% 45.22
417 Springfield, Illinois $43,658 5.81% $2,134 -0.58% 31.40% 15.12% 45.18
418 Birmingham, Alabama $34,140 9.45% $2,055 -0.98% 29.00% 18.48% 45.16
419 Longview, Texas $36,281 1.01% $2,303 10.53% 29.11% 22.75% 45.14
420 Waterloo, Iowa $34,759 9.92% $1,387 -3.27% 30.27% 5.28% 45.13
421 Kenner, Louisiana $36,602 -0.20% $2,047 1.81% 28.64% 19.60% 45.09
422 Manchester, New Hampshire $42,364 1.71% $1,960 11.29% 31.48% 10.54% 45.07
423 Rockford, Illinois $37,303 2.49% $1,674 10.70% 28.19% 15.79% 45.04
424 Delano, California $26,646 1.27% $448 -13.95% 23.02% 14.42% 45.04
425 Chico, California $41,421 2.59% $2,197 16.83% 28.92% 20.62% 45.01
426 Virginia Beach, Virginia $44,371 6.59% $1,789 17.43% 28.79% 21.22% 44.96
427 Jacksonville, Florida $38,998 4.56% $1,612 24.70% 29.30% 25.15% 44.77
428 Westminster, California $40,558 0.76% $1,473 5.26% 28.65% 23.83% 44.77
429 Chesapeake, Virginia $46,421 3.96% $1,377 32.42% 29.65% 22.05% 44.73
430 Boulder, Colorado $55,204 6.65% $3,227 16.35% 32.52% 26.01% 44.64
431 Burlington, North Carolina $32,235 -7.96% $2,887 16.11% 29.58% 23.36% 44.64
432 Colton, California $33,719 8.39% $1,070 19.18% 29.03% 17.94% 44.63
433 Spokane, Washington $40,250 10.03% $1,806 -2.70% 30.72% 18.25% 44.59
434 Naperville, Illinois $77,212 4.55% $2,173 27.16% 31.06% 27.27% 44.59
435 Whittier, California $46,526 4.62% $1,645 9.40% 29.35% 25.08% 44.57
436 Moreno Valley, California $37,046 -5.49% $876 52.00% 28.10% 18.98% 44.54
437 Flint, Michigan $31,310 -1.67% $729 -13.86% 26.00% 12.72% 44.44
438 Lynchburg, Virginia $35,261 9.20% $2,312 35.22% 31.31% 25.74% 44.32
439 Santa Fe, New Mexico $41,702 5.61% $3,762 5.93% 31.48% 21.25% 44.12
440 Melbourne, Florida $37,002 -0.38% $1,997 22.93% 30.68% 17.84% 44.08
441 Chicopee, Massachusetts $42,923 5.76% $1,132 -3.45% 28.95% 17.70% 44.06
442 Greeley, Colorado $38,360 6.01% $1,433 12.26% 30.76% 15.27% 44.05
443 Great Falls, Montana $35,518 2.09% $2,071 -0.55% 28.79% 23.57% 44.04
444 Tucson, Arizona $34,299 4.34% $1,764 5.43% 29.02% 18.66% 44.02
445 Lakewood, Colorado $45,399 3.27% $2,075 13.93% 32.83% 18.31% 43.89
446 Portland, Maine $40,695 -1.31% $2,966 -0.75% 31.91% 11.28% 43.81
447 San Bernardino, California $33,545 1.76% $1,366 7.88% 29.04% 12.87% 43.78
448 Cheyenne, Wyoming $42,969 9.42% $1,737 0.00% 32.75% 18.77% 43.75
449 Palmdale, California $42,193 2.89% $1,198 33.33% 28.66% 25.93% 43.69
450 Turlock, California $42,641 -2.24% $1,473 25.93% 27.76% 30.23% 43.57
451 Longmont, Colorado $47,361 4.54% $1,496 13.82% 31.82% 24.16% 43.52
452 Colorado Springs, Colorado $42,278 3.44% $1,770 14.77% 31.20% 23.91% 43.51
453 Scottsdale, Arizona $56,937 0.47% $3,276 9.90% 31.08% 23.87% 43.37
454 Sandy, Utah $50,156 3.05% $1,288 17.29% 32.73% 12.88% 43.35
455 Grand Junction, Colorado $39,852 -4.80% $3,109 16.13% 30.97% 15.28% 43.30
456 Brockton, Massachusetts $41,619 5.36% $1,116 -0.67% 29.79% 12.60% 43.22
457 Columbia, South Carolina $37,617 2.50% $3,174 20.56% 29.55% 27.03% 43.18
458 St. Paul, Minnesota $41,773 1.54% $1,589 2.69% 30.71% 21.80% 43.07
459 Pocatello, Idaho $35,683 1.36% $1,363 2.63% 27.20% 20.08% 43.06
460 Mobile, Alabama $35,546 0.33% $1,807 -0.24% 29.07% 10.89% 43.02
461 Peoria, Arizona $46,199 5.57% $1,568 86.49% 31.55% 41.29% 42.96
462 Provo, Utah $34,229 9.45% $1,026 16.31% 30.50% 19.16% 42.83
463 Tempe, Arizona $40,648 2.40% $2,816 10.27% 28.51% 37.47% 42.82
464 Roanoke, Virginia $34,457 5.77% $2,216 3.88% 31.57% 19.95% 42.77
465 Santa Maria, California $29,296 -5.66% $1,427 4.20% 28.29% 10.38% 42.77
466 New Orleans, Louisiana $40,009 7.15% $2,616 -14.26% 31.22% 32.36% 42.74
467 Dubuque, Iowa $36,657 4.62% $1,725 5.62% 30.40% 16.01% 42.64
468 Montebello, California $32,385 -8.33% $1,404 -0.87% 26.13% 25.76% 42.59
469 Porterville, California $35,394 -0.04% $869 18.33% 28.69% 20.09% 42.51
470 Scranton, Pennsylvania $34,934 10.33% $1,455 -4.57% 26.95% 35.22% 42.49
471 Lee’s Summit, Missouri $52,963 1.71% $1,400 30.91% 32.03% 24.38% 42.44
472 Watsonville, California $30,297 -5.63% $1,295 11.90% 26.69% 26.83% 42.41
473 St. Joseph, Missouri $33,440 0.91% $1,733 9.26% 30.78% 14.40% 42.36
474 Ocala, Florida $33,518 -5.13% $4,222 18.23% 29.37% 24.27% 42.31
475 Muncie, Indiana $31,395 0.21% $1,928 -1.24% 30.61% 5.36% 42.28
476 Cincinnati, Ohio $40,073 4.64% $1,749 -7.50% 27.83% 29.54% 42.28
477 Gainesville, Florida $34,161 -0.24% $2,207 27.39% 28.28% 27.59% 42.01
478 Hemet, California $35,240 1.35% $1,477 23.00% 29.36% 26.68% 41.96
479 Evansville, Indiana $32,258 0.08% $2,306 4.64% 31.01% 18.44% 41.86
480 Tulare, California $35,699 1.65% $961 21.74% 27.58% 37.20% 41.84
481 Dayton, Ohio $33,134 0.47% $1,006 -8.44% 28.57% 11.39% 41.83
482 Beaumont, Texas $35,775 1.06% $2,049 0.87% 30.39% 11.98% 41.81
483 Jackson, Mississippi $29,919 0.57% $1,516 -0.64% 28.22% 14.82% 41.62
484 Sioux City, Iowa $32,437 -0.14% $1,629 10.27% 30.18% 13.83% 41.55
485 Frederick, Maryland $50,246 0.17% $2,674 17.90% 30.51% 32.20% 41.51
486 Carson City, Nevada $41,472 -1.64% $1,475 38.46% 30.94% 14.59% 41.48
487 Norfolk, Virginia $36,141 4.72% $1,690 5.80% 28.69% 24.49% 41.48
488 Casper, Wyoming $44,068 8.42% $2,023 0.00% 31.41% 38.08% 41.44
489 Sterling Heights, Michigan $48,957 0.91% $1,505 5.14% 32.17% 20.65% 41.41
490 Tustin, California $45,441 -9.70% $2,433 23.90% 31.85% 25.66% 41.39
491 Pueblo, Colorado $35,225 6.50% $1,547 -0.40% 29.86% 23.25% 41.28
492 Eau Claire, Wisconsin $36,151 -0.19% $2,057 8.14% 30.03% 18.65% 41.08
493 Syracuse, New York $35,786 7.52% $1,503 -4.43% 30.43% 21.34% 41.01
494 Malden, Massachusetts $42,205 -2.67% $885 -2.13% 29.71% 21.16% 40.94
495 Anchorage, Alaska $50,596 2.01% $2,451 9.04% 31.46% 16.52% 40.92
496 Glendale, Arizona $36,589 -6.41% $1,335 18.94% 28.83% 26.37% 40.66
497 Palm Bay, Florida $32,960 -4.56% $687 17.07% 27.49% 23.88% 40.58
498 Peabody, Massachusetts $50,387 1.66% $2,143 -10.77% 30.22% 20.94% 40.52
499 Yuma, Arizona $35,473 5.11% $1,886 16.77% 28.70% 23.51% 40.49
500 St. George, Utah $36,158 -0.39% $1,839 52.04% 30.31% 26.35% 40.39
501 Springfield, Massachusetts $37,279 -5.00% $1,244 3.24% 28.84% 18.06% 40.36
502 Detroit, Michigan $32,200 -1.18% $691 -7.24% 26.18% 26.90% 40.31
503 Westminster, Colorado $47,878 3.02% $1,904 18.38% 32.90% 31.73% 40.27
504 Dearborn, Michigan $46,233 -1.15% $1,930 -0.37% 29.32% 21.04% 40.13
505 Kalamazoo, Michigan $34,578 8.00% $1,694 -3.33% 30.58% 18.56% 39.97
506 Santa Cruz, California $50,440 -4.12% $3,024 6.78% 29.89% 26.06% 39.50
507 Richmond, Virginia $39,566 6.74% $1,829 -9.96% 30.35% 27.98% 39.43
508 Lawrence, Kansas $39,253 -0.13% $1,906 14.21% 29.53% 25.21% 39.35
509 Escondido, California $34,780 -5.41% $1,440 20.56% 28.14% 27.85% 39.19
510 Springfield, Ohio $32,166 1.80% $1,831 -4.11% 29.09% 19.38% 39.12
511 Palm Coast, Florida $36,386 1.49% $783 64.29% 29.99% 31.37% 39.08
512 Hampton, Virginia $40,245 7.47% $1,309 0.48% 29.36% 22.23% 39.02
513 Orem, Utah $38,572 10.52% $1,184 5.17% 29.98% 35.24% 38.97
514 Yakima, Washington $32,146 -1.64% $1,488 6.59% 30.63% 20.38% 38.88
515 Bradenton, Florida $32,056 -5.17% $1,717 16.49% 28.06% 28.68% 38.83
516 Taylor, Michigan $36,193 -1.74% $1,489 -7.09% 29.18% 21.76% 38.60
517 Lansing, Michigan $34,958 -2.89% $1,226 -11.69% 29.24% 13.68% 38.59
518 La Crosse, Wisconsin $35,879 11.57% $2,283 3.70% 30.41% 32.91% 38.00
519 Rocky Mount, North Carolina $31,577 -7.19% $2,086 7.38% 29.36% 18.90% 37.97
520 La Mesa, California $46,985 0.12% $2,708 -7.04% 34.07% 27.75% 37.63
521 Minnetonka, Minnesota $62,141 1.60% $2,208 -9.65% 32.25% 20.49% 37.49
522 Jacksonville, North Carolina $32,939 7.43% $2,030 14.07% 27.28% 30.82% 37.38
523 Hoffman Estates, Illinois $51,622 2.28% $1,906 21.18% 31.81% 28.04% 37.34
524 Battle Creek, Michigan $37,285 1.02% $1,904 -2.90% 30.25% 23.19% 36.67
525 Duluth, Minnesota $40,004 4.65% $1,733 -2.50% 31.07% 19.89% 35.59
526 Independence, Missouri $38,047 1.71% $1,637 1.00% 32.27% 21.71% 35.08
527 Daytona Beach, Florida $30,314 -3.62% $3,534 -0.48% 29.04% 34.18% 34.72
528 Napa, California $46,490 1.78% $1,914 -4.49% 31.84% 24.33% 34.48
529 Lake Havasu City, Arizona $36,546 -0.06% $1,344 12.75% 30.79% 21.08% 33.56
530 Flagstaff, Arizona $38,806 -0.04% $3,026 10.58% 31.01% 32.22% 33.44

Methodology

NerdWallet analyzed 530 cities in the U.S., each with a population of at least 50,000. We evaluated cities using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and the Economic Census and the following metrics to determine demand for new restaurants and the economic conditions needed to support them.

Demand, 60% of the overall score, is based on seven metrics each weighted at 8.6% of the score:

  • Population growth from 2010 to 2013. Higher growth contributed to a higher score.
  • Population density. A higher concentration of residents per square mile contributed to a higher score.
  • Percentage of residents age 35-54. A higher percentage contributed to a higher score.
  • Median annual income. A higher median income contributed to a higher score.
  • Median annual income growth.  A higher growth rate contributed to a higher score.
  • Sales in restaurants per resident. Higher sales contributed to a higher score.
  • Number of new restaurants opened from 2002 to 2007. Higher growth contributed to a higher score.

Operating conditions, 40% of the overall score, is based on three metrics, each weighted at 13.3% of the score:

  • Payroll costs as a percentage of revenue. A lower percentage contributed to a higher score.
  • Restaurant labor cost growth per employee. Lower growth in labor costs contributed to a higher score.
  • Median monthly housing costs. Lower housing costs contributed to a higher score.

NerdWallet staff writer Kelsey Sheehy contributed to this article.


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