Infographic: Food spending in the biggest U.S. cities

For our latest report, Bundle looked at U.S. food spending overall, with breakdowns of money spent on groceries and in restaurants. (Click here for a breakdown of U.S. food spending by age range, income, and household status in 2009, and read our story on what it all means.) Above, we examined major U.S. cities spending habits when it comes to groceries and restaurants. Of note:

• Austin, TX, residents spend almost twice ($6,301) the US annual average for dining out.
• In fact, five average Detroit households (the nation's lowest spenders) can eat on one Austinite's food budget.
• If Manhattan were its own city, it would be No. 1 for food spending ($13,079) and No. 1 for share of food budget spent on restaurants (59%).
• In Atlanta, dining out accounts for 57% percent of the city's average total food and drink spending annually, the highest in the US and 28% higher than the US average.
• Denver residents allocate 22 percent of their daily spending to food, more than any other big city in the country.

All of our spending data is available for free at, and our methodology is described in depth here. We encourage you to dig into the data for your demographic and city, and tell us how much you're spending, or saving, on food.

(Click here to see the infographic in high resolution.)

About the artists: These data visualizations were created by Benjamin Wiederkehr, Christian Siegrist and Jeremy Stucki, founders of the Swiss design studio Interactive Things. They are also dedicated curators of the growing field of data visualization via, Tumblr, and Vimeo.

Related Links:

Bundle Special: The Truth About Food Spending in America

Infographic: Food spending by age group, income and household

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