Here are the cheapest places to buy pizza in New York, D.C. and other big cities

March 6, 2014

NPR’s Planet Money blog recently explained why, mathematically speaking, it always makes sense to get the bigger pizza. (So from now you can say you’re ordering an extra large because of math.) They decided to follow that up with another bit of useful pizza-related information: The places where you can get the cheapest pizza in a handful of major U.S. cities.

The graphs, created by Quoctrung Bui, look at the median price of a cheese pizza in neighborhoods in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. They also show the number of pizza places in each neighborhood so you can see how many choices you have in a given area.

So in Chicago, home to the bounty that is deep dish pizza, you’re better off getting pizza in Gage Park or Lincoln Park than in areas like Old Town or Wrigleyville:

(Quoctrung Bui/NPR)
(Quoctrung Bui/NPR)

In Washington, it can cost nearly twice as much to buy pizza in Foggy Bottom or Tenleytown (both home to universities) as it does to buy pizza in Adams Morgan (where a packed bar scene is dotted by several places selling cheap jumbo slice pizzza) or Georgetown (also home to a university):

(Quoctrung Bui/NPR)

And if you’re in midtown Manhattan, you should pretty much go anywhere else to buy pizza:

(Quoctrung Bui/NPR)
(Quoctrung Bui/NPR)

To see the maps for Philadelphia, Los Angeles or the other four New York buroughs, head to Planet Money.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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