By the numbers

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?

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 billionAnnual pizza sales in America, according to Pizza Today

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

350Slices of pizza sold every second, according to NAPO

46Slices 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 millionPounds of pepperoni Americans consume each year

36Percent of pizza orders that specify pepperoni as a topping

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

24Percent 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

5,441Number 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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