If you’re the type of person that needs a strong cup of coffee to make it through the morning—and several more mugs to survive the workday—you’ll know that there isn’t a paucity of joe-slingers in the Capital Region to feed your caffeine addiction. And in a recent study done by Zoma Sleep, a Phoenix, AZ-based sleep products company, a number of local cities found their way into the Top 10 and 20 for most coffee-obsessed in New York State.
It’s worth getting this out of the way up top: New York ranks 17th overall in the nation in terms of its coffee obsession, according to Zoma’s data, which takes into account the concentration of coffee shops compared to population (Hawaii got the golden lei, at least in the state-level category). But that doesn’t mean we don’t have our fair share of in-state coffee obsessives. While Tompkins County‘s Ithaca took home the top slot in New York, with 26 dedicated coffee spots serving its population of 30,981, the Capital Region had one of the best collective showings on the list. Saratoga Springs came in sixth, offering up 12 shops compared to its population of 28,287; while Troy came in ninth, with 16 houses of joe compared to its 48,804 residents. Additionally, Schenectady broke through the Top 15, coming in a respectable 13th, with 16 coffee houses per its 65,231 people; and Albany came in 17th, boasting 19 shops for its 95,429 people.
The study analyzed Yelp data to find the number of coffee shops in more than 10,000 cities and towns across the USA, and then cross-referenced them with the number of people living in each place to reveal where coffee is most popular. Check out the full study here.