Even with a pandemic raging for much of 2020, the nation’s capital (not known for its food scene until recently) was the capital of take-out and dine-in food, according to a Social Explorer analysis of data compiled by Easy Analytic Software Inc. The five counties where households spent the most on food outside the home were all located within the Washington, D.C., area: Falls Church, Va. (48.1 percent), Loudoun, Va. (48.1 percent), Arlington, Va. (47.9 percent), Fairfax, Va. (47.8 percent), and Howard, Md. (47.7 percent).
Santa Clara, Calif., was the only West Coast county to make the top 10 list, coming in at ninth (47.3 percent), and Los Alamos, N.M., the only non-coastal county to crack the 10 counties with the highest percentage of food prepared outside the home (47.5 percent). Use Social Explorer’s customizable mapping tools to see where the most people spent money outside the home for food.
Food Away From Home, 2020. Click here to explore further.