A Statistician Takes a Look at Our 101 Best Pizzas

An analyst at JMP took the data from our 101 Best Pizzas in America survey and turned it into some revealing visual data

101 Best Pizzas in America plotted with Open Street Maps.

Our 101 Best Pizzas in America has attracted probably equal parts pride and angry emails from all over the country, contesting whether their favorite pizzas had gotten their due, but now our 2014 edition has also caught the attention of Chuck Pirrello, an analyst and Principal Marketing Manager at JMP analytics (a division of SAS).

Using JMP statistical analysis software, Pirrello was able to investigate the data from our survey of 700 pizza shops by a team of experts.

The visual data is essentially a series of maps dedicated to pizza, which is okay by us.

Pirrello uncovers that the Southwest narrowly trumps the Midwest for second place (sorry Chicago), San Francisco has the highest concentration of West Coast pizza goodness, and finally, that since Brooklyn has the highest concentration of best pizza overall, “all 53 of the places in this area are within a 150-mile radius” of his home in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Check out Pirrello’s data visualization of The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Pizzas on the official JMP blog.

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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy