Tampa, Seattle, Chicago most caffeinated U.S. cities

Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:26am EST
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By Marcy Nicholson

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Tampa, Florida tops the charts as the most caffeinated city in the United States, followed by Seattle and Chicago, according to a new poll.

But the southern city did not earn the distinction simply due to its residents' fondness for coffee. People living in Tampa admitted to being the most likely to take pain relievers containing caffeine daily and to drinking lots of tea, the study showed.

"Despite Tampa being the most caffeinated, respondents in Tampa rank number one in saying they're least likely to be addicted to caffeine," said Todd Smith of HealthSaver, a healthcare discount service which commissioned the survey.

"They are number one in pain reliever consumption and they are also third most likely to do energy drink consumption," he added in an interview.

New York and Los Angeles rounded out the top five most caffeinated cities in the telephone poll of 2,005 people living in 20 major metropolitan areas in the United States.

People living in the twin cities Riverside/San Bernardino in California consumed the least amount of caffeine in the country, followed by Atlanta, San Diego, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Dallas.

Tampa moved into first place from second in 2007, while second-place Seattle, the home of coffee shop giant Starbucks, ranked the highest in coffee consumption for the second straight year.

The poll conducted by Prince Market Research looked at caffeine consumption including coffee, tea, sodas, energy drinks, chocolate, pain relievers and caffeine pills. It also questioned people about their attitudes and habits.   Continued...

<p>A barista makes espresso during training at Starbucks in New York, February 26, 2008. REUTERS/Keith Bedford/Handout</p>