How Much Pizza Does the Average American Eat in a Year?

Pizza is Italian and as American as apple pie. Or, if you go by the amount of pizza Americans eat in a year, even more so.

So, how much pizza does the average American eat in a year? We break it down:

By the slice

  • Americans eat an average of 46 slices of pizza per year (packaged facts, New York). This amounts to 23 pounds of pizza per year.
  • Americans eat 350 slices of pizza per second

By the pie:

  • Americans eat 3 billion pizzas per year, for a total of $38 billion spent by Americans annually on pizza
  • The average American eats 40 pizzas a year

Over a lifetime

  • The average American will eat 6,000 slices of pizza, according to one national chain’s survey
  • If you do some math here, that breaks down to an average of eight slices a month, every month of your life

Every Day

  • Every day, 13% of the population eats some form of pizza


  • In the US, a whopping 17% of restaurants are pizzerias (Food Industry News)
  • New York City has 9,000 pizzerias
  • And the country as a whole has 70,000 (Pizza Today)

Do your pizza habits greatly exceed those of the nation? Let us know, and prove your pizza fanatic bonafides.

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  1. The math doesn’t work out unfortunately – 46 slices of pizza/year = 40 pizzas/year?

    6000 slices over a lifetime / 80 years = 75 slices/year; to reach 46 slices/year you’d need the average american to be eating 130 years old?

    I’m really interested to know the real answer, can you list your sources please?

    1. Thank you for asking the real questions, I came here for sources for my college paper but have been left reference-less.

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