Onboard Informatics' 2009 Top 5 Bacon Cities

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In a time when “bringing home the bacon” means that you are keeping your job safe in this financial apocalypse, I would like to shed some light on places that are truly bringing home the bacon despite what is happening on Wall St.

Seattle, Washington

Total Area: 83.87 miles

Total Population: 582,200

Median Household Income: $54,978

Total Crime Index: 244

Seattle has quietly worked its way to the top of the bacon food chain, despite being plagued with grunge rock and being the home town of Starbucks (which does NOT serve bacon flavored coffee, anywhere!), Seattle is home of two great bacon innovations. One of those great bacon innovations is J&D’s Bacon Salt; this creation has made it possible for our vegetarian brethren to enjoy the sweet taste of pork nectar. It even appears to be vegan friendly, unless the sea salt was treated poorly when it was taken from the sea. The applications for this marvelous product seem to be endless and I believe all workspaces should have some in order to dress up any workplace noshing. The next marvelous bacon innovation is Bakon Vodka. Bakon Vodka is a label of Black Rock Spirits, LLC, after years of toiling with different recipes they finally found the perfect infused balance inspiring bartenders concoct cocktails that reflect peoples’ passion for pork; finally, the bacon flavored Bloody Mary is possible!

Des Moines, Iowa

Total Area: 75.79 miles

Total Population: 202,111

Median Household Income: $47,713

Total Crime Index: 205

Coming in on our list at number two is Des Moines, Iowa. Des Moines plays host to the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is gearing up for its second year of bringing bacon enthusiasts together for a day-long celebration of all things bacon. This year’s event will prove to bring over 300 bacon lovers together for bacon education, bacon awareness, bacon recipe sharing, and of course, bacon tastings!

San Francisco, California

Total Area: 46.69 miles

Total Population: 732,967

Median Household Income: $68,521

Total Crime Index: 150

In March, the first official BaconCamp descended upon the bay area. BaconCamp is a gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment about bacon. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants who are the main actors of the event.  It is community driven and everyone is encouraged to participate by presenting (food, art, and demo), judging, or volunteering.  BaconCamp is not a spectator sport. Staying true to San Francisco’s reputation for community based movements, BaconCamp is bring bacon-power to the people; that is why San Francisco comes in at number three.

Ladera Ranch, California

Total Area: 4.69 miles

Total Population: 2,250

Median Household Income: $148,369

Total Crime Index: 13

**The data for Ladera Ranch is on the zip level; it represents zip code 92694 as place level data was not readily available One word: Turbaconducken. That's right - a chicken stuffed in duck stuffed in a turkey, all wrapped in bacon. Ladera Ranch is where this culinary masterpiece was conceived; also it’s the home of Bacon Today, a website dedicated to all things bacon (bacon iPhone apps, bacon inspired clothing, bacon economics, bacon gourmet recipes, and bacon etc.).

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Total Area: 135.09 miles

Total Population: 1,463,364

Median Household Income: $37,841

Total Crime Index: 230

Philadelphia is home to a bacon that everyone has enjoyed, no matter what dietary restriction are part of your lifestyle; that bacon being, Kevin Bacon. Not only is Kevin Bacon is a cinematic mastermind, he is also restaurant proprietor. Bacon opened up a restaurant in his home town of Philadelphia, named "Bring Home the Bacon". The restaurant gives the customer the option to put bacon on any sandwich or salad for no extra cost. Free bacon on any order is what has Philadelphia rounding out our list at number five.

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