States That Eat the Most Fruits and Vegetables

States That Eat the Most Fruits and Vegetables

Although some picky eaters despise fruits and vegetables, most Americans enjoy at least one of the two, if not both. I mean, what's more refreshing and delicious than a slice of watermelon or grilled veggies during the summer? Fruits and vegetables offer many nutritional benefits, and you can combine them with any meal throughout the day to add some extra nutrients. 

At EnsĹŤ Superfoods, we take pride in helping people reach their nutritional goals, and we couldn't help but wonder how Americans' fruit and vegetable intake varies across the country. We've compiled the nation's fruit & vegetable consumption statistics to understand America's love (or lack thereof) of fruits and vegetables, and the results may surprise you!

Interesting Findings

  • Residents in Vermont eat more fruit and vegetables than anyone else in America. 
  • On the other hand, Louisiana ranks as the lowest fruit and vegetable-consuming state. 
  • The top five fruit and vegetable-consuming states–Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia–are all located along the East Coast. 
  • New York ranks 4th in the country for fruit consumption but 28th for vegetable consumption–enforcing the nickname "The Big Apple." 
  • Despite being known for its peaches, Georgia only ranks 34th for fruit consumption but 14th for vegetables. 

Methodology

We analyzed CDC data sets for fruit and vegetable consumption among adults. We ranked each data set, number one being the states that consume the most fruits or vegetables, then combined the rankings to get an average ranking. We then gave a final ranking based on the average overall ranking. New Jersey did not have data available across any of the data sets, so we did not include it in the report.

The data sets we analyzed are:

  • CDC: The Percentage of Adults Report Consuming Fruit Less That One Time Daily
  • CDC: The Percentage of Adults Report Consuming Vegetables Less That One Time Daily

State

Final Rank

Average Rank

Rank - Fruit Consumption

Rank - Vegetable Consumption

Vermont

1

1.5

1

2

Massachusetts

2

2.5

2

3

Maine

3

3

5

1

New Hampshire

4

5.5

7

4

District of Columbia

5

6

6

6

Oregon

6

6.5

8

5

Idaho

7

9.5

12

7

Connecticut

8

10.5

3

18

Washington

9

12

10

14

North Carolina

10

12.5

16

9

Minnesota

11

13.5

5

22

Colorado

12

14

13

15

Virginia

12

14

17

11

South Dakota

13

15

20

10

Rhode Island

14

15.5

9

22

New York

15

16

4

28

Pennsylvania

15

16

15

17

Delaware

16

17

13

21

Montana

16

17

26

8

Utah

17

18

11

25

Maryland

18

19.5

14

25

Florida

19

21

17

25

Wyoming

19

21

30

12

Missouri

20

22

30

14

Michigan

21

22.5

22

23

Nebraska

21

22.5

21

24

Alaska

22

23

32

14

Arizona

23

23.5

18

29

Kansas

23

23.5

28

19

Tennessee

23

23.5

33

14

Georgia

24

24

34

14

South Carolina

24

24

35

13

California

25

24.5

10

39

Ohio

26

25.5

31

20

Hawaii

27

26.5

23

30

Kentucky

27

26.5

37

16

Wisconsin

27

26.5

19

34

Illinois

28

27

17

37

Indiana

28

27

29

25

North Dakota

29

28

25

31

West Virginia

29

28

39

17

Iowa

30

28.5

24

33

Texas

31

31.5

27

36

Arkansas

32

33.5

40

27

Oklahoma

33

34.5

43

26

Alabama

34

35

38

32

New Mexico

35

36

34

38

Nevada

36

38

36

40

Mississippi

37

38.5

42

35

Louisiana

38

41

41

41

New Jersey

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A