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America's pizza obsession: By the numbers
U.S. pizza vendors sell the equivalent of 10 pies a year to every single man, woman, and child in the country. Are we really that addicted?
 
Pizza-gorging Americans consume more than 2.5 million pounds of pepperoni each year.
Pizza-gorging Americans consume more than 2.5 million pounds of pepperoni each year.
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The quintessential American food may be apple pie, but its popularity pales beside our national love affair with pizza pies. The Daily reports that Americans consume a staggering 100 acres of pizza a day, according to data from the National Association of Pizza Operators (NAPO). Here's a by-the-numbers look at our compulsion:

$38 billion
Annual pizza sales in America, according to Pizza Today

3 billion
Number of pizzas sold in the U.S. each year, according to NAPO

350
Slices of pizza sold every second, according to NAPO

46
Slices of pizza the average American eats each year, according to Packaged Facts

23
Pounds of pizza the average American eats each year

93
Percent of Americans who eat pizza at least once a month

70
Percent of Super Bowl viewers who eat at least one slice during the game

251.7 million
Pounds of pepperoni Americans consume each year

36
Percent of pizza orders that specify pepperoni as a topping

70,000
Number of pizzerias in the U.S., according to Pizza Today

24
Percent of those pizzerias owned by Pizza Hut, Domino's, or Papa John's

9,000
Number of pizzerias in New York

17
Percent of restaurants in America that are pizzerias, according to Food Industry News

40,010
Number of subscribers to Pizza Today, the leading pizza industry magazine

5,441
Number of books about pizza listed on Amazon.com

Sources: Atlantic WireThe DailyFood Industry News,, GE, National Association of Pizza Operators, Pizza Today, Packaged Facts

 

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