Cities & food security - North America

We have compared a total of 850 cities all over the world on a number of food-related indicators like availability, food risks and healthy lifestyle. In this list you will find the top 25 largest cities (expected in 2030) in North America in alphabetical order.

Find the city you want more information about and get an overall impression. We tell you if the overall ranking was:

  • Very low
  • Rather low
  • Low
  • Below average
  • Average
  • Above average
  • High
  • Rather high
  • Very high

Furthermore we will indicate which 5 indicators had a more than average positive (+) or negative (-) effect on the ranking. (o is neutral)

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Atlanta (United States of America)

Score
Overall ranking Rather high
Availability -
Food risk +
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility +
Affordability +

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • ease of doing business
  • GDP
  • infrastructure
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • stability country
  • diversity diet
  • kcal from meat and fish
  • child stunting
  • sanitation and hygiene
  • share of meat and fish in diet

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • arabale land
  • BMI (health)
  • fresh food production
  • Gini-index
  • vegitable/fruit/nuts production
  • remaining agriland

Boston (United States of America)

Score
Overall ranking Below average
Availability -
Food risk +
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility +
Affordability +

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • ease of doing business
  • GDP
  • infrastructure
  • population increase
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • stability country
  • share of meat and fish in diet
  • diversity diet
  • kcal from meat and fish
  • sanitation and hygiene
  • child stunting

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • arabale land
  • BMI (health)
  • fresh food production
  • GDP development
  • kcal from vegetable/fruit/nuts
  • remaining agriland
  • vegetable/fruit/nuts production

Chicago (United States of America)

Score
Overall ranking High
Availability -
Food risk +
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility +
Affordability +

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • ease of doing business
  • GDP
  • infrastructure
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • proximity stores
  • stability country
  • share of meat and fish in diet
  • diversity diet
  • kcal from meat and fish
  • child stunting
  • sanitation and hygiene
  • population increase
  • BMI (food risk)

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • arabale land
  • BMI (health)
  • remaining agriland
  • Gini-index
  • green living environment around city

Ciudad de Guatemala / Guatemala City (Guatemala)

Score
Overall ranking Low
Availability -
Food risk -
Healthy lifestyle +
Accessibility -
Affordability -

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • climate risk

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • fresh food production
  • Gini-index
  • infrastructure
  • kcal intake (total)
  • population increase
  • stability country
  • vegetable/fruit/nuts production
  • child stunting

Ciudad de México / Mexico City (Mexico)

Score
Overall ranking Rather low
Availability -
Food risk +
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility o
Affordability o

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • climate
  • proximity stores
  • climate risk

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • BMI (health)
  • fresh food production
  • GDP development
  • Gini-index
  • vegetable/fruit/nuts production
  • green living around the city

Dallas-Fort Worth (United States of America)

Score
Overall ranking High
Availability +
Food risk +
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility +
Affordability +

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • ease of doing business
  • GDP
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • remaining agriland
  • risk from flood
  • stability country
  • vegetable/fruit/nuts production
  • share of meat and fish in diet
  • diversity diet
  • kcal from meat and fish
  • child stunting
  • sanitation and hygiene

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • BMI (health)
  • climate risk
  • Gini-index

Detroit (United States of America)

Score
Overall ranking High
Availability -
Food risk +
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility +
Affordability +

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • ease of doing business
  • GDP
  • infrastructure
  • population increase
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • proximity stores
  • stability country
  • share of meat and fish in diet
  • diversity diet
  • kcal from meat and fish
  • child stunting
  • sanitation and hygiene

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • BMI (health)
  • Gini-index

Guadalajara (Mexico)

Score
Overall ranking Low
Availability -
Food risk +
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility o
Affordability o

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • climate
  • climate risk

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • BMI (health)
  • fresh food production
  • GDP development
  • Gini-index
  • vegetable/fruit/nuts production

Houston (United States of America)

Score
Overall ranking High
Availability +
Food risk o
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility +
Affordability +

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • ease of doing business
  • GDP
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • stability country
  • remaining agriland
  • infrastructure
  • share of meat and fish in diet
  • diversity diet
  • kcal from meat and fish
  • child stunting
  • sanitation and hygiene

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • BMI (health)
  • Gini-index
  • population increase
  • risk from flood
  • green living environment around city,
  • climate risk

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana (United States of America)

Score
Overall ranking Below average
Availability -
Food risk +
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility +
Affordability +

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • GDP
  • population increase
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • proximity stores
  • stability country
  • ease of doing business
  • share of meat and fish in diet
  • diversity diet
  • kcal from meat and fish
  • child stunting
  • sanitation and hygiene

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • arabale land
  • BMI (health)
  • fresh food production
  • Gini-index
  • green living environment around city
  • vegetable/fruit/nuts production

Miami (United States of America)

Score
Overall ranking Below average
Availability -
Food risk o
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility +
Affordability +

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • ease of doing business
  • GDP
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • proximity stores
  • stability country
  • share of meat and fish in diet
  • diversity diet
  • kcal from meat and fish
  • child stunting
  • sanitation and hygiene

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • arabale land
  • BMI (health)
  • fresh food production
  • Gini-index
  • risk from flood
  • green living environment around city
  • vegetable/fruit/nuts production

Minneapolis-St. Paul (United States of America)

Score
Overall ranking High
Availability o
Food risk +
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility +
Affordability +

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • ease of doing business
  • GDP
  • infrastructure
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • stability country
  • vegetable/fruit/nuts production
  • share of meat and fish in diet
  • diversity diet
  • kcal from meat and fish
  • child stunting
  • sanitation and hygiene

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • BMI (health)
  • Gini-index

Monterrey (Mexico)

Score
Overall ranking Below average
Availability o
Food risk +
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility o
Affordability o

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • remaining agriland
  • risk from flood

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • arabale land
  • BMI (health)
  • GDP development
  • Gini-index

Montréal (Canada)

Score
Overall ranking High
Availability o
Food risk o
Healthy lifestyle +
Accessibility +
Affordability +

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • ease of doing business
  • GDP
  • Gini-index
  • infrastructure
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • proximity stores
  • stability country
  • child stunting
  • climate risk

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • green living environment around city

New York-Newark (United States of America)

Score
Overall ranking Below average
Availability -
Food risk +
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility +
Affordability +

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • ease of doing business
  • GDP
  • infrastructure
  • population increase
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • proximity stores
  • stability country
  • share of meat and fish in diet
  • diversity diet
  • kcal from meat and fish
  • child stunting
  • sanitation and hygiene

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • arabale land
  • BMI (health)
  • fresh food production
  • Gini-index
  • remaining agriland
  • risk from flood
  • green living environment around city
  • vegetable/fruit/nuts production

Philadelphia (United States of America)

Score
Overall ranking High
Availability -
Food risk +
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility +
Affordability +

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • proximity stores
  • ease of doing business
  • GDP
  • infrastructure
  • population increase
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • stability country
  • share of meat and fish in diet
  • diversity diet
  • kcal from meat and fish
  • child stunting
  • sanitation and hygiene

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • BMI (health)
  • Gini-index
  • climate risk

Phoenix-Mesa (United States of America)

Score
Overall ranking High
Availability o
Food risk +
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility +
Affordability +

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • ease of doing business
  • GDP
  • proximity stores
  • risk from flood
  • stability country
  • remaining agriland
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • share of meat and fish in diet
  • diversity diet
  • kcal from meat and fish
  • child stunting
  • sanitation and hygiene

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • BMI (health)
  • climate
  • Gini-index

Port-au-Prince (Haiti)

Score
Overall ranking Low
Availability o
Food risk -
Healthy lifestyle o
Accessibility -
Affordability -

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (health)
  • green living environment around city

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • climate
  • ease of doing business
  • GDP
  • total kcal intake
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • risk from flood
  • stability country
  • share of meat and fish in diet
  • diversity diet
  • kcal from meat and fish
  • sanitation and hygiene

Puebla (Mexico)

Score
Overall ranking Low
Availability -
Food risk +
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility o
Affordability o

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • climate
  • climate risk

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • BMI (health)
  • fresh food production
  • GDP development
  • Gini-index
  • vegetable/fruit/nuts production

San Diego (United States of America)

Score
Overall ranking Rather high
Availability -
Food risk +
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility +
Affordability +

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • ease of doing business
  • GDP
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • stability country
  • share of meat and fish in diet
  • diversity diet
  • kcal from meat and fish
  • child stunting
  • sanitation and hygiene

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • arabale land
  • BMI (health)
  • GDP development
  • kcal from vegetable/fruit/nuts

San Francisco-Oakland (United States of America)

Score
Overall ranking Average
Availability -
Food risk +
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility +
Affordability +

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • climate
  • ease of doing business
  • GDP
  • infrastructure
  • population increase
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • proximity stores
  • stability country
  • share of meat and fish in diet
  • diversity diet
  • kcal from meat and fish
  • child stunting
  • sanitation and hygiene
  • climate risk

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • arabale land
  • BMI (health)
  • fresh food production
  • Gini-index
  • green living environment around city
  • vegetable/fruit/nuts production

Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

Score
Overall ranking Below average
Availability o
Food risk -
Healthy lifestyle +
Accessibility -
Affordability o

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • proximity stores

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • climate
  • Gini-index
  • infrastructure
  • total kcal intake
  • population increase
  • risk from flood

Seattle (United States of America)

Score
Overall ranking Average
Availability -
Food risk o
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility +
Affordability +

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • climate
  • ease of doing business
  • GDP
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • stability country
  • share of meat and fish in diet
  • diversity diet
  • kcal from meat and fish
  • child stunting
  • sanitation and hygiene
  • climate risk

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • arabale land
  • BMI (health)
  • climate risk
  • fresh food production
  • GDP development
  • remaining agriland
  • vegetable/fruit/nuts production

Toronto (Canada)

Score
Overall ranking High
Availability -
Food risk o
Healthy lifestyle +
Accessibility +
Affordability +

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • ease of doing business
  • GDP
  • Gini-index
  • infrastructure
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • proximity stores
  • stability country
  • child stunting
  • climate risk

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • green living environment around city

Washington D.C. (United States of America)

Score
Overall ranking Rather high
Availability -
Food risk +
Healthy lifestyle -
Accessibility +
Affordability +

Indicators with a positive effect:

  • BMI (food risk)
  • ease of doing business
  • GDP
  • infrastructure
  • prosperous (economic activity)
  • stability country
  • share of meat and fish in diet
  • diversity diet
  • kcal from meat and fish
  • child stunting
  • sanitation and hygiene

Indicators with a negative effect:

  • arabale land
  • BMI (health)
  • Gini-index
  • climate risk