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The Most Popular Pizza Topping in Every State

Can you guess which pizza topping reigns supreme in your home state?

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The Most Popular Pizza Topping in Every State

Can you guess which pizza topping reigns supreme in your home 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.

1

Alabama

Alabama cheese pizza

Cheese

Sweet Home Alabama just happens to be home to many plain cheese slice-loving citizens.

2

Alaska

Alaska white pizza

White Pizza

The “Land of the Midnight Sun” loves its slices as unadulteratedly white as its snow-lined landscapes.

3

Arizona

Arizona cheese pizza

Cheese

We’re wondering if Arizonans prefer to pair their plain slices with a can of 99-cent iced tea.

4

Arkansas

Arkansas cheese pizza

Cheese

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.

5

California

California BBQ Chicken pizza

BBQ Chicken

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.

6

Colorado

Colorado BBQ chicken pizza

BBQ Chicken

The fittest state in America enjoys its post-workout snack topped with some tantalizingly tangy protein.

7

Connecticut

Connecticut cheese pizza

Cheese

The majority of CT’s residents seem to prefer to pair their weeknights in with a plain pie. And we couldn’t agree more.

8

Delaware

Delaware buffalo chicken pizza

Buffalo Chicken

Buffalo sauce may have been invented in Buffalo, New York, but remains the top-ordered topping for hungry Delawareans.

9

Florida

Florida cheese pizza

Cheese

Disney World’s hometown is also home to many pizza lovers who happen to favor the classic cheese slice.

10

Georgia

Georgia Hawaiian pizza

Hawaiian

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.

11

Hawaii

Hawaii caprese pizza

Caprese

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.

12

Idaho

Idaho cheese pizza

Cheese

Contrary to quick assumptions, Idaho prefers its pizzas topped with the customary blend of cheeses—not potatoes.

13

Illinois

Illinois cheese pizza

Cheese

It turns out that the Prairie State likes its slices as plain, but nonetheless pristine, as its landscapes.

14

Indiana

Indiana cheese pizza

Cheese

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.

15

Iowa

Iowa taco pizzaPhoto courtesy of Flickr/m-i-k-e

Taco

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.

16

Kansas

Kansas cheese pizza

Cheese

If the majority of pizzeria frequenters order up pepperoni and sausage slices, you’re definitely not in Kansas anymore.

17

Kentucky

Kentucky cheese pizza

Cheese

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.

18

Louisiana

Louisiana meat lovers

Meat Lovers

It might not be the birthplace of Oscar Mayer, but when Louisiana residents virtually order pizzas, we envision them yelling “go meat!”

19

Maine

Maine white chicken pizza

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.

20

Maryland

Maryland cheese pizza

Cheese

Folks from the Old Line State avoid long pizzeria lines by virtually ordering some ooey gooey goodness online.

21

Massachusetts

Massachussets cheese pizza

Cheese

Here’s some food for thought: which slice would MA residents prefer, cheese pizza or Boston Creme Pie?

22

Michigan

Michigan BBQ chicken pizza

BBQ Chicken

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.

23

Minnesota

Minnesota BBQ chicken pizza

BBQ Chicken

…And Minnesota. Who knew?!

24

Mississippi

Mississippi cheese pizza

Cheese

Can you spell Mississippi as fast as you can scarf down a cheese slice? Probably not.

25

Missouri

Missouri cheese pizza

Cheese

This quaint Midwestern state happens to father a population that loves their triangles with nothing but the comforting combo of mozzarella and parmesan.

26

Montana

Montana pepperoni pizza

Pepperoni

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!

27

Nebraska

Nebraska BBQ chicken pizza

BBQ Chicken

Home to Omaha Steaks, we’re not shocked at the fact that folks in Nebraska prefer barbecued protein on their pies, too.

28

Nevada

Nevada cheese pizza

Cheese

What’s golden, piping hot, and clustered with mesmerizing dunes? (Psst, it’s Nevada’s iconic dessert and the slice its residents drool over!)

29

New Hampshire

New Hampshire cheese pizza

Cheese

NH may be known for its stellar maple syrup. But it seems like residents in this New England state prefer cheese slices for lunch.

30

New Jersey

New Jersey cheese pizza

Cheese

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!)

31

New Mexico

New Mexico Hawaiian pizza

Hawaiian

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.

32

New York

New York cheese pizza

Cheese

Given the famously eponymous slice, we wouldn’t expect New Yorkers to choose any triangle other than the classic cheese.

33

North Carolina

North Carolina cheese pizza

Cheese

A Netflix and chill sesh in North Carolina surely isn’t complete without a classic slice.

34

North Dakota

North Dakota Hawaiian pizza

Hawaiian

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.

35

Ohio

Ohio cheese pizza

Cheese

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.

36

Oklahoma

Oklahoma cheese pizza

Cheese

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.

37

Oregon

Oregon pepperoni pizza

Pepperoni

Are you surprised that Oregon’s topping of choice isn’t oregano? Because we certainly are.

38

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania cheese pizza

Cheese

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.

39

Rhode Island

Rhode Island cheese pizza

Cheese

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.

40

South Carolina

South Carolina cheese pizza

Cheese

We’re going to take a wild guess and say Myrtle Beach’s best-selling slice is savory, saucy, and most certainly… cheesy.

41

South Dakota

South Dakota chicken bacon ranchCourtesy of Flickr/dippy_duck

Chicken Bacon Ranch

Who knew that residents of the tourist-flocking Mt. Rushmore State usually crave a triangle of creamy chicken bacon ranch?

42

Tennessee

Tennessee cheese pizza

Cheese

One and only cheese pizza, you’re truly the only ten I see.

43

Texas

Texas cheese pizza

Cheese

The Lone Star State prefers its fluffy crust adorned with two simply satisfying ingredients: tomato sauce and cheese.

44

Utah

Utah cheese pizza

BBQ Chicken

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.

45

Vermont

Vermont cheese pizza

Cheese

Unfortunately, the Green Mountain State doesn’t like to top its pizza with anything green.

46

Virginia

Virginia BBQ chicken pizza

BBQ Chicken

The birthplace of many of our founding fathers, newage residents like to crush their cravings with a smoky slice.

47

Washington

Washington cheese pizza

Cheese

The Evergreen State prefers its slices as timeless as its state nickname.

48

West Virginia

West Virginia meat lovers

Meat Lovers

Instead of ordering a meaty, calorie-packed pie, how about trying one of these healthy pizza recipes instead?

49

Wisconsin

Wisconsin cheese pizza

Cheese

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!)

50

Wyoming

Wyoming meat lovers

Meat Lovers

Is it safe to say that the Equality State likes equal parts sausage, ham, and pepperoni on Meat Lovers pie?