What to Know
- Even though Chicago and New Castle, Pennsylvania claim to be the hot dog capitals of the U.S., LA eats more than anyone else.
- Annually, the consumption is about 20 billion sausages, the equivalent of 70 hot dogs per person.
- See the full list of top 10 cities below.
The hot dog is one of the most consumed dishes by Americans and, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council — yes, that's a real council — one city on the West Coast takes first place for most wieners eaten.
Los Angeles residents "consume more hot dogs than in any other city," beating New York and Philadelphia, according to the NHDSC.
During the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day — clearly a high hot dog consumption period — Americans eat a total of about 7 billion sausages. That translates to 818 hot dogs every second during that time period.
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Annually, the consumption is about 20 billion sausages, the equivalent of 70 hot dogs per person.
In Los Angeles, annual consumption is about 31 million pounds, according to the NHDSC. Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers consumed somewhere in the ballpark of 2.6 million hot dogs in 2016.
With these figures, Los Angeles surpassed Chicago, which was in fifth place on the list even though many consider it the hot dog capital. New York and Philadelphia took second and third place respectively.
In order, from first to tenth, the 10 cities that consume most hot dogs were: Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Phoenix, Atlanta, Detroit, Washington DC and Tampa.
In another list put together by Nielsen in 2018, the 10 cities that consume most sausages were: Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Dallas/Fort Worth, New Orleans, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston and San Francisco.