There are very few states in our great nation having a bigger love affair with pizza. New Jersey just might be the pizza capital of the country. So how much do we love our pizza?

It turns out,. after doing some extensive research on the subject, our instincts seem to be right about this one. Very few state are on the pizza level we are here in the Garden State. Here are some New Jersey pizza numbers we found...

The Daily Meal has named New Jersey the 3rd most "pizza-obsessed state in America", behind only Delaware (2) and West Virginia (1). They also say Rhode Island is the state that Googles 'pizza' more often than any other state, but that just means here in New Jersey our favorite pizza place's contact info is already saved in our phone.

According to Statista, the Garden State has the 4th most pizza places in the country, only topped by Connecticut (1), Pennsylvania (2) and Rhode Island (3). We have 3.54 pizzerias per 10,000 people. That sounds low to me.

So, how much pizza do we actually eat? Well, the national numbers are pretty amazing, and you know New Jersey numbers must be higher. Slicelife says the average American eats 23 pounds of pizza a year, or around 46 slices. That's less than a slice a week, and I think we all know that's a low number for New Jersey.

I have absolutely no data to back this up, but would any of us have any trouble believing New Jersey's numbers could easily be double those national numbers? I probably eat 48 slices by the time the Belmar St. Patrick's Day Parade rolls around each year.

So, are we the pizza capital of the country. We can't  exactly prove it, but we certainly think so. And we think any pizza would be proud to call New Jersey home.

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