The Most Popular Pizza Topping in Every State
From crispy pepperoni to briny black olives, pizza—one of America's favorite foods—has the impressive ability to delight us anew with every gooey bite. And we can probably chalk that up to the plethora of toppings pizzerias adorn their pies with.
Whether you're a fan of Chicago's stuffed, deep-dish behemoths or a plain, New York-style slice, we've unlocked the data that reveals each state's absolute favorite pizza topping. The intel was gathered with the generous help of Yelp, whose data scientists tracked the amount of nationwide pizza orders placed on both Yelp and Eat24 and filtered them by state.
Scroll through to see whether your own hometown prefers pineapple chunks over BBQ chicken, and then brush up on your trivia with these 50 Mouthwatering Facts About Pizza.
Sweet Home Alabama just happens to be home to many plain cheese slice-loving citizens.
The "Land of the Midnight Sun" loves its slices as unadulteratedly white as its snow-lined landscapes.
We're wondering if Arizonans prefer to pair their plain slices with a can of 99-cent iced tea.
Did you know that Arkansas' official state fruit is the Vine Ripe Pink Tomato? Perhaps that's the secret ingredient in their winning cheese pizzas' marinara.
It doesn't come as a surprise that The Golden State loves its pies adorned with sweet barbecue sauced chicken and a healthy helping of golden onions.
The fittest state in America enjoys its post-workout snack topped with some tantalizingly tangy protein.
The majority of CT's residents seem to prefer to pair their weeknights in with a plain pie. And we couldn't agree more.
Buffalo sauce may have been invented in Buffalo, New York, but remains the top-ordered topping for hungry Delawareans.
Disney World's hometown is also home to many pizza lovers who happen to favor the classic cheese slice.
Georgia should beware of indulging in one too many Hawaiian slices, as two pieces of Domino's medium Honolulu Hawaiian pie (made with handmade pan crust) clocks in at a waist-expanding 620 calories and 30 grams of fat.
How do Hawaiians stay bikini-ready all year long? They order a caprese slice—which shuns sugar-laden sauce and focuses on fresh ingredients like sliced tomatoes, invigorating basil, and mild mozzarella.
Contrary to quick assumptions, Idaho prefers its pizzas topped with the customary blend of cheeses—not potatoes.
It turns out that the Prairie State likes its slices as plain, but nonetheless pristine, as its landscapes.
As the "Brain Bank of the Midwest," Indiana attracts the fourth largest amount of out-of-state students nationwide; in other words, countless cheese-loving college kids who may or may not select cheese pizza as their hangover-queller of choice.
Iowa is famous for its agriculture-baring lands, which explains why its pizza of choice is just as bountiful with filling fixins like beans and fresh salsa.
If the majority of pizzeria frequenters order up pepperoni and sausage slices, you're definitely not in Kansas anymore.
No surprise here—Jennifer Lawrence's hometown just happens to be home to a plethora of pizza fanatics who love the grub, arguably, as much as she does.
It might not be the birthplace of Oscar Mayer, but when Louisiana residents virtually order pizzas, we envision them yelling "go meat!"
Grilled Chicken White Pizza
Ricotta-topped and lacking in lycopene (no tomato sauce present in this pie!), Maine's tastebuds surely differ from the rest of the nation.
Folks from the Old Line State avoid long pizzeria lines by virtually ordering some ooey gooey goodness online.
Here's some food for thought: which slice would MA residents prefer, cheese pizza or Boston Creme Pie?
Dubbed "the best pizza to ever grace this planet" by a handful of Eat This, Not That! staffers, this sweet and smoky slice takes the cake in Michigan, too.
…And Minnesota. Who knew?!
Can you spell Mississippi as fast as you can scarf down a cheese slice? Probably not.
This quaint Midwestern state happens to father a population that loves their triangles with nothing but the comforting combo of mozzarella and parmesan.
We didn't think we'd have to trek so far into the country to find a state that finally loves crispy pepperoni as much as we thought the rest of the nation did!
Home to Omaha Steaks, we're not shocked at the fact that folks in Nebraska prefer barbecued protein on their pies, too.
What's golden, piping hot, and clustered with mesmerizing dunes? (Psst, it's Nevada's iconic dessert and the slice its residents drool over!)
NH may be known for its stellar maple syrup. But it seems like residents in this New England state prefer cheese slices for lunch.
How many slices of cheese pizza do you think you can scarf down if you take a stroll down Atlantic City's boardwalk? (ICYMI, it's the longest boardwalk in the world!)
Given their proximity to Mexico, we expected NM to love a spicy taco slice as much as their neighbors must. But no, New Mexico dwellers usually go for a robust Hawaiian pie.
Given the famously eponymous slice, we wouldn't expect New Yorkers to choose any triangle other than the classic cheese.
A Netflix and chill sesh in North Carolina surely isn't complete without a classic slice.
If you ever take a weekend trip to North Dakota, do as the North Dakotans do and order up a fluffy crust adorned with succulent pineapple and salty ham.
Ohio's state motto reads,"With God all things are possible." We're guessing these citizens always say grace before biting into a melty slice.
The birthplace of country swooners Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire, this homey state loves its OG slice just as much as it enjoys some acoustic guitar.
Are you surprised that Oregon's topping of choice isn't oregano? Because we certainly are.
With such a close proximity to the Big Apple, it's no surprise that PA's pizza of choice is attributed to some cultural influence.
This charming coastal state serves up some of the best seafood in all 50 states, so we're wondering how anchovies didn't top RI's list.
We're going to take a wild guess and say Myrtle Beach's best-selling slice is savory, saucy, and most certainly… cheesy.
Chicken Bacon Ranch
Who knew that residents of the tourist-flocking Mt. Rushmore State usually crave a triangle of creamy chicken bacon ranch?
One and only cheese pizza, you're truly the only ten I see.
The Lone Star State prefers its fluffy crust adorned with two simply satisfying ingredients: tomato sauce and cheese.
Tangy sauce-slathered chicken resting atop a doughy foundation seems to be this western state's cheat meal of choice. We can't blame you, Utah.
Unfortunately, the Green Mountain State doesn't like to top its pizza with anything green.
The birthplace of many of our founding fathers, newage residents like to crush their cravings with a smoky slice.
The Evergreen State prefers its slices as timeless as its state nickname.
Instead of ordering a meaty, calorie-packed pie, how about trying one of these healthy pizza recipes instead?
WI, with your scenic state forests and towering sugar maple trees, you've stolen a pizza my heart. (Cheesy, we know… just like Wisconsin's slice of choice!)
Is it safe to say that the Equality State likes equal parts sausage, ham, and pepperoni on Meat Lovers pie?
More content from Restaurants
- – 4 Most Overpriced Pizza Chains, According to Customers
- – This Major Pizza Chain Is Planning to Open Up to 1,800 New Locations
- – This National Pizza Chain Just Launched a Major Upgrade to Its Top-Selling Pie
- – This Once-Popular Pizza Chain Aims to Open 150 Locations This Year
- – 8 Secrets Domino's Doesn't Want You to Know
- – 7 Worst Fast-Food Pizzas to Stay Away From Right Now
- – Red Robin Delays This Major Menu Addition Due To Operational Issues
- – 3 Major Pizza Chains Falling Out of Favor With Customers