Chicago is the "city that works," and it may be argued that it's the "other" city that never sleeps, but where do Chicagoans get all the energy needed to keep going? Could be all the coffee we drink, according to a report from The Daily Beast.
The website got a list of the cities with the largest number of coffee shops per capita from market research firm NPD Group, then considered total caffeine consumption as measured by the most recent annual caffeine survey, commissioned by HealthSaver and conducted by Prince Market Research in 2008. Cities on its initial per capita ranking that were not accounted for in the consumption survey were given a normalized score.
Additionally, the site considered data on the average monthly spending on coffee purchases in the first quarter of 2010, according to personal budget service Mint.com. Cities in which Mint data was not available were ascribed an averaged value.
It's no surprise that the No. 1 caffeinated city in America was Seattle, the birthplace of Starbucks. Seattle has 35 coffee shops per 100,000 residents and the average Seattleite spends $36 a month on coffee, according to the Daily Beast survey. Following Seattle on the list were Portland, San Jose, Denver, and San Francisco, but in sixth place -- and the first non Western city to appear on the list -- was Chicago.
According to the Daily Beast, Chicago, which was the first city outside of Seattle that Starbucks expanded to, has 10 coffee shops per 100,000 residents and the average monthly amount spent on coffee is $29.
Only $29 a month? I wish I could get my coffee budget down to that level.