Denver Has Been Named One of the Best Cities in America For Tacos

By Shawn Patrick on August 18, 2023
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Denver makes a lot of these best places for “blank” lists, but I am a little more excited for this one than most! 

People have strong opinions about where to get the best tacos and everyone has their favorite. But if you’re looking for the best tacos in the country, new research has you covered. The research team at dug into data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Numbeo, Yelp and Google Trends to determine the city worthy of the best taco title.

That honor goes to Austin, Texas, which tops the list for several reasons, but Denver fared pretty well too! 

Austin is home to 7.9 taco joints per 100-thousand residents, which is 242% more than the average city. Those taco spots also have an average Yelp rating of 4.31, which is reportedly 6% higher than the other cities in the study.

Austin is also the winner for “top city for breakfast tacos” and “top city for vegan tacos.”

The city with the most “overall taco passion” is San Antonio, Texas, which also wins “top city for birria tacos.”

The “top city for Taco Tuesday” is San Diego, California, which is also the “top city for fish tacos,” while Los Angeles wins “top city for carnitas.”

The Top 10 U.S. Cities for Tacos

(check out the full list here)

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. San Jose, California
  3. Las Vegas, Nevada
  4. San Antonio, Texas
  5. San Diego, California
  6. Los Angeles, California
  7. Phoenix, Arizona
  8. Riverside, California
  9. Denver, Colorado
  10. Houston, Texas

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