Which City Has The Most Marijuana Enthusiasts In The US?

San Francisco (no surprise!) is No. 1, but you won't believe which city is second.

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A recent Gallup poll revealed that the number of Americans who say they have consumed marijuana at least once has reached 45 percent, a record high. The poll also showed that 12 percent currently use marijuana, up from 7 percent just four years ago. But which cities have the highest percentage of cannabis consumers?

According to data analysis from Cheatsheet.com, San Francisco tops the list with 15.46 percent of residents currently using cannabis. If you have visited the Bay Area recently, this should not come as a big surprise. But according to Cheatsheet.com, the Alaska cities of Denali, Fairbanks and Nome are close behind at 14.93 percent.

Here is how Cheatsheet.com tabulated the data:

To get an idea of which cities and regions in the United States have the most marijuana users, we took a look at data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA. The organization gathered data from 204,000 people ages 12 and older from 2012 to 2014 across the nation, asking them about a variety of behaviors including marijuana use. SAMHSA then outlined the regions in each state where pot use was the highest, based on people who said they had used cannabis in the previous month. Though some of those regions are reported as regions in the state, we took at look at the largest cities in those areas to determine the locations where marijuana use is the highest in the nation.

And here is h0w the site described San Francisco’s cannabis consumption:

Colorado might have the highest percentage of pot users on a statewide basis, but California has the highest rate when it comes to sheer numbers. According to 24/7 Wall St., the state boasts more than 4.6 million cannabis users, the highest number of any state in the nation. The state does have some of the largest variations in pot use by region, but San Francisco’s place at the No. 1 spot is truly impressive. Not only is the percentage the highest in the country — and beats out the No. 2 spot by almost a whole percentage point — but its population makes that an especially impressive feat. San Francisco is in the Top 15 largest U.S. cities by population, with more than 805,000 residents. To get the highest percentage of pot use, it means that the weed culture must be especially pervasive throughout the city. To put that rate in perspective, an estimated 124,500 people are frequently using pot at any given time within the city limits.

The top five cities are:

  1. San Francisco
  2. Denali, Fairbanks, and Nome, Alaska
  3. Charleston, Narragansett, and South Kingston, Rhode Island
  4. Aspen, Durango, Grand Junction, and Telluride, Colorado
  5. Denver and Boulder, Colorado

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