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Maybe it's just me, but when I think of Lubbock, Texas I don't think of vegan-friendly or vegetarian-friendly. But maybe I'm wrong.

According to a new study from WalletHub, the city of Lubbock ranks in the top 20 of best cities for vegans and vegetarians. WalletHub compared 100 cities in the United States and looked at 16 key indicators. Here is where Lubbock ranked on just a few:

The Vegetarian & Vegan Lifestyle in Lubbock (1=Best; 50=Avg.):

  • 38th – Cost of Groceries for Vegetarians
  • 26th – Vegetable Nurseries per Capita
  • 28th – Average Meal Cost
  • 33rd – Certified Organic Farms per Capita
  • 42nd – Access to Fresh Vegetarian Food

According to WalletHub's study, Austin was ranked at number 10 in the United States, which makes sense and Irving, Texas came in at 14. Lubbock was ranked 19th in the United States. The number one overall best city for vegan and vegetarians? Portland, Oregon which again makes sense.

WalletHub says about 10 million Americans are part of the vegan or vegetarian lifestyle.

Personally, I do not fall into that figure at all as I love meat. Maybe that's what makes it hard to believe that Lubbock is ranked in the top 20. Just look around Lubbock. We've got burger places all over the place. We have some tremendous BBQ spots with great items like brisket and ribs. And let's not forget all the places that have steak on the menu.

Am I missing something here? Maybe Lubbock really is in the top 20 for vegans. If so, we have to be in the top 10 for meat right?