September 15, 2011
Survey: Sacramento has nation's second worst dining scene

As restaurant closures around the Sacramento area continue to mount, there's a double-whammy of bad news about local dining. According to results of a national survey released today, Sacramentans ranked their city as the second worst dining scene in the country.

The survey was commissioned by LivingSocial, a Washington D.C.-based company that offers daily online deals for restaurants and other businesses. 4,000 diners in 20 media markets across the country participated in the online survey, with about 200 of them hailing from the Sacramento area. Participants were asked about their dining habits, favorite food choices and how they rank their city's overall food scene. Let's just say that Sacramento failed miserably, with only Detroit residents showing more dissatisfaction for their local dining.

On the flipside, this survey showed New York City as the country's favorite city for food, followed by Chicago and San Francisco.

The survey also tallied that respondents ate 4.8 meals per week at restaurants. Sacramentans scored just slightly lower on this national average with 4.3 restaurant meals per week.
Sacramento was No. 1 in one factor. When it comes to listing preferred cuisines, Sacramentans led the nation in selecting Chinese food as what they order most frequently.

But really, the country's second worst dining scene?

"Keep in mind that people are still eating out in Sacramento and close to the national average," said Maire Griffin, a spokesperson for LivingSocial. "Have some faith in your food scene."

Do you agree with this survey, or feel that it's bunk? Chime in via the comments section. Meanwhile, here's a demographic breakdown of the Sacramentans who participated in the survey.

18-24: 11%
25-34: 20%
35-44: 21%
45-54: 18%
55-64: 19%
65+: 12%

Female: 60%
Male: 40%

Household income

Under $15,000: 7%
15,000-24,999: 9%
25,000-49,999: 29%
50,000-74,999: 20%
75,000-99,999: 19%
100,000-124,999: 7%
125,000-149,999: 2%
150,000+: 5%
Don't Know/Rather Not Say: 2%

Employment Status
Employed Fulltime: 30%
Employed Parttime: 12%
Fulltime Homemaker: 12%
Fulltime Student: 8%
Parttime Student: 0%
Self-Employed/Contracting: 8%
Retired: 19%
Unemployed: 9%
Other: 1%

Correction: LivingSocial clarified that 4,000 diners were surveyed nationally

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