Brian Carberry
top places to be surrounded by coffee

For many of us, the day doesn't really start until we get that cuppa joe from our favorite coffee shop. If your barista knows you by name, you know what I'm talking about. When it comes to fueling the masses with liquid energy, some cities go above and beyond

Top 10 cities based on coffee businesses per resident

It's no surprise that the Pacific Northwest is well represented on our list of the best cities in America for coffee lovers. These 10 highly caffeinated locales have the most coffee shops per resident, so that quick fix is never too difficult to find.

10. Ann Arbor, MI

Ann Arbor coffee stats

With a total enrollment of more than 44,000 students, plus one professor for every 12 students, the University of Michigan is a likely inspiration for the many coffee shops scattered across Ann Arbor. Coeds have plenty of places to get that all-important caffeine infusion to help them cram for exams.

Coffee drinkers living in Ann Arbor can expect to pay an average of $1,331 for a one-bedroom apartment.

9. Everett, WA

Everett coffee stats

Located 25 miles north of Seattle on the Puget Sound, Everett is the first of four Pacific Northwest cities on our top 10. The military town is home to Naval Station Everett, and a slew of local roasters keep around 6,000 sailors and civil servants assigned to the base alert at all hours.

Living in Everett is considerably more affordable compared to Seattle just a few miles to the south. The average one-bedroom rent here is $1,307.

8. Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh coffee stats

Coffee may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Steel City, but the caffeine scene is growing fast in this proud Pennsylvania town. From cappuccinos at the buzzing Espresso A Mano to curry ginger lattes at eclectic Biddle's Escape, Yinzers have a wide variety of coffee shops from which to get their daily jolt.

In addition to all of the coffee options, Pittsburgh residents have it pretty sweet (comparably) on their rent as well. A one-bedroom place here averages about $1,282 a month – which is cheaper than most cities on our top 10 list.

7. Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis coffee stats

With an average snowfall clocking in around 60 to 70 inches annually, the country's coldest urban center tends to Jones for java. Locals escape sub-zero temperatures and blizzards (in April!) with cozy caffeinated beverages in warm independent coffee shops and the beloved local chain, Caribou Coffee – founded in nearby Edina.

Minneapolis renters may be able to splurge a little more on their espresso machines – the average monthly price for a one-bedroom here is $1,468.

6. Salt Lake City, UT

salt lake city coffee stats

Even with the significant LDS population abstaining from coffee and tea, Salt Lake City has some serious coffee cred. From single-origin espresso to green bean brew, pioneers like the Salt Lake Roasting Company and Millcreek Coffee have been paving the way for creative coffee purveyors for decades.

Salt Lake City is also one of the more affordable places to live compared to the rest of our top 10 list. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $1,260 a month.

5. Portland, OR

portland coffee stats

Home of the beloved Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland's coffee culture is strong – arguably the strongest in the country. The city trumped coffee rival Seattle multiple years to take Travel + Leisure's title of America's Best Coffee City. Alas, judging by the number of coffee outposts per capita, Seattle edges out Portland by a hair on our poll.

Coffee lovers looking to settle down in Portland can expect to pay about $1,550 a month for a one-bedroom apartment.

4. Seattle, WA

seattle coffee stats

Starbucks was born here in Pike Place Market back in 1971, opening the door for a flood of Seattle roasters to follow, from Tully's Coffee to Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Company and many, many more. Whether they're searching for Bulletproof Coffee or the perfect pourover, Seattleites have a diverse array of excellent coffee shops to choose from.

Seattle also comes in as one of the more pricey cities on our list for rent. Your average one-bedroom apartment in Seattle will cost $2,139 a month.

3. San Francisco, CA

san francisco coffee stats

Perhaps you've heard about the “third wave of coffee"? Powered by high-quality artisanal coffee, the latest trend started with roasters like San Francisco-born Blue Bottle, which only sells beans that have been roasted within the last 48 hours. Locals also swear by third-wave pioneers like Ritual Roasters, Sightglass Coffee and Four Barrel Coffee.

In what's probably no surprise, San Francisco is the most expensive place to live compared to the rest of our top 10. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment here will set you back $3,704 a month.

2. Vancouver, WA

vancouver coffee stats

Located just across the Columbia River from Oregon, Portland's largest suburb is equally devoted to coffee culture. In fact, Vancouver edges out its sister city on our top 10 thanks to a slew of places to sip, from Relevant Coffee to Compass Coffee.

Vancouver is also the most affordable city on our top 10 list. One-bedroom apartments average $1,167 a month.

1. Berkeley, CA

berkeley coffee stats

Many brew aficionados trace coffee's third-wave back to Peet's Coffee, which started selling hand-roasted small batch beans in 1966 near the University of California. Today, Berkeley takes the title of the best city in the U.S. for coffee lovers, with more coffee shops per capita than any other city in the country.

Berkeley also comes in toward the top for rental prices compared to the rest of the cities on our list. The average one-bedroom apartment in Berkeley runs $3,106 a month.

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Beyond the top 10

Wondering what other cities cracked our top 50 list? Peruse the chart below to see if your favorite coffee town made the cut.

Rank City, State Coffee Businesses per Resident
1 Berkeley, CA 1 per 2,073
2 Vancouver, WA 1 per 2,224
3 San Francisco, CA 1 per 2,297
4 Seattle, WA 1 per 2,308
5 Portland, OR 1 per 2,322
6 Salt Lake City, UT 1 per 2,387
7 Minneapolis, MN 1 per 2,427
8 Pittsburgh, PA 1 per 2,607
9 Everett, WA 1 per 2,752
10 Ann Arbor, MI 1 per 2,825
11 Pasadena, CA 1 per 2,853
12 Boulder, CO 1 per 2,895
13 Spokane, WA 1 per 3,058
14 Cambridge, MA 1 per 3,071
15 Renton, WA 1 per 3,072
16 Eugene, OR 1 per 3,187
17 Wilmington, NC 1 per 3,217
18 Atlanta, GA 1 per 3,264
19 Tacoma, WA 1 per 3,283
20 Las Vegas, NV 1 per 3,308
21 Orlando, FL 1 per 3,336
22 Grand Rapids, MI 1 per 3,370
23 Scottsdale, AZ 1 per 3,378
24 Boise, ID 1 per 3,382
24 Burbank, CA 1 per 3,382
26 Tempe, AZ 1 per 3,427
27 Springfield, MO 1 per 3,561
28 Bellevue, WA 1 per 3,611
29 Miami, FL 1 per 3,707
30 Sacramento, CA 1 per 3,746
31 Cincinnati, OH 1 per 3,766
32 Costa Mesa, CA 1 per 3,794
33 Honolulu, HI 1 per 3,809
34 Santa Clara, CA 1 per 3,973
35 Richmond, VA 1 per 3,983
36 Denver, CO 1 per 4,026
37 San Mateo, CA 1 per 4,029
38 Reno, NV 1 per 4,080
39 Alexandria, VA 1 per 4,103
40 New Orleans, LA 1 per 4,184
41 Anchorage, AK 1 per 4,205
42 Washington D.C. 1 per 4,284
43 Torrance, CA 1 per 4,316
44 Madison, WI 1 per 4,326
45 Tampa, FL 1 per 4,430
46 Rochester, MN 1 per 4,451
47 Hillsboro, OR 1 per 4,454
48 Fort Collins, CO 1 per 4,462
49 Roseville, CA 1 per 4,511
50 Fargo, ND 1 per 4,532

Methodology

We took cities with populations more than 100,000 according to the U.S. Census Bureau and added up the coffee-related businesses and attractions in each city in the following categories – coffee shops, coffee and tea establishments and cafes. We then divided each city's population by this total to determine a ratio of the number of businesses and attractions for each resident.

The rent information included in this article is based on January 2019 multifamily rental property inventory on ApartmentGuide.com and Rent.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein does not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.

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The managing editor of Apartment Guide and rent.com, Brian Carberry has more than 10 years' experience as a content creator and award-winning journalist. Brian's work has been featured on CNN, Search Engine Land, Randstad and a number of other organizations around the world. In his free time, Brian enjoys sports, cooking and debating the correct pronunciation of "gif."

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