Are there really that many?
It has certainly felt like there has been an explosion of restaurants, bars, wineries, and breweries in San Carlos over the last decade or so. Is there a way to tell if San Carlos indeed has an oversized share of eating and drinking establishments? Although it is hard to get accurate data (and every place may count certain businesses differently), we can do some general comparisons based on our list of San Carlos eating and drinking spots.
According to Statista, there are 660,755 restaurants in the U.S. for a population of about 326 million people. That would equate to 2.0 restaurants per 1,000 residents in the country. The ratio in California is about the same, at 1.8. New York City is higher at 3.1. San Francisco — a city known for it’s food scene — appears to be an outlier at 5.0 restaurants per 1,000 residents.
If you include the 119 establishments on our list, San Carlos would have a ratio of 4.1 restaurants per 1,000 residents, essentially double that of the U.S. and California overall, but less than that of San Francisco. Even if you didn’t count our 12 bars, wineries, and breweries that have minimal food, San Carlos would still have a ratio of 3.7 restaurants per 1,000 residents.
So yes, it’s not your imagination. San Carlos is loaded with places to eat (and drink).