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Tulsa OK Skyline

Coming in at number fourteen in our Top US Cities to Open a Food Truck is Tulsa, OK.

Settled in the 1836 by the Lochapoka and Creek Indian tribes, Tulsa Oklahoma was the central hub of the early US oil industry and the birthplace of Route 66. Centuries later, why wouldn’t it become one of the best cities in the United States to start a food truck in 2014?

Tulsa is the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Oklahoma and 46th-largest city in the United States. With a population of 393,987 it is the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, a region with 951,880 residents in the MSA and 1,122,259 in the CSA. The city serves as the county seat of Tulsa County, the most densely populated county in Oklahoma, and extends into Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties.

Tulsans enjoy 227 days of sunshine a year and an average daily temperature of 61 degrees, and continually changing conditions occur in the city during all four seasons.

The city boasts a widely diversified business base, including aerospace, telecommunications, manufacturing, construction, high technology, healthcare, education, transportation and energy. It is one of “America’s Most Livable Communities,” and is known as the Mecca for arts in Oklahoma.

Specifically regarding food trucks, Tulsa has opened their arms to the mobile food industry, hosting community and city sponsored food truck events for the nearly 20 food trucks in operation. One of the best attributes Tulsa food trucks receive from opening here is the low cost of fees. A full service food truck can expect to be charged $145 per year by the city with the state charging an additional $350.

Find Tulsa city documentation for Starting a Food Truck <here>

Find the entire list of Top US cities to Open a Food Truck  <here>

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Phoenix AZ skyline

Coming in at number fifteen in our Top US Cities to Open a Food Truck is Phoenix, AZ.

Settled in 1867 as an agricultural community near the confluence of the Salt and Gila Rivers, Phoenix incorporated as a city in 1881. Who would have thought that almost 135 years later it would be one of the top US cities to start a food truck business?

Phoenix covers more than 519 square miles (larger than Los Angeles) and has a population of more than 1.4 million, ranking it the sixth largest city in the country and the largest capital city in terms of population. What makes Phoenix a fantastic city to operate a food truck in is it’s weather. It has more than 300 sun-filled days a year and average temperature of 74.2 degrees.

Greater Phoenix has consistently outpaced the U.S. population growth over the last 18 years. Projections show the region is expected to grow by nearly 60 percent by 2030, bringing the population to more than 6 million people.

The primary employment sectors sectors and their share of total employment in the Phoenix metropolitan area consist of service industry (43%); trade (18%); government (14%); construction (5%); financial activities (8%); and manufacturing (6%). Not only is Greater Phoenix a great location to start a mobile food business, it’s a $181 billion marketplace that serves as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurs by providing international access for aerospace, high-technology, advanced business services and sustainable technologies companies.

There is a strong food truck organization that has been in place for a number of years. There were nearly 60 food trucks in the Phoenix Street Food Coalition in 2013.

Find Maricopa County documentation for Starting a Food Truck <here>

Find the entire list of Top US cities to Open a Food Truck  <here>

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columbus ohio skyline

Coming in at number sixteen in our Top US Cities to Open a Food Truck is Columbus, OH.

The taco truck may have been the pioneers in mobile food in Columbus, but they’re far from the full delicious story. Over the past few years, food trucks have been popping up in town, with over 100 currently in operation.

Columbus is the capital of and the largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population of the city was 787,033 at the 2010 census. Although Columbus was the 15th largest city in the United States, its metropolitan area was 28th largest, with 2,308,509 residents. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Columbus Combined Statistical Area (which also includes Marion and Chillicothe) has a population of 2,348,495.

Due to its demographics, which include a mix of races and a wide range of incomes, as well as urban, suburban, and nearby rural areas, Columbus is considered to be a “typical” American city, and has been used as a test market for new products by retail and restaurant chains. The city has a diverse economy based on education, government, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, aviation, food, clothes, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology.

The city has recently opened up their laws to better accommodate mobile food vendors and have made changes in the last year that have helped make it easier to operate year round. These changes are due to a strong food truck organization that represents many of the existing vendors. The Central Ohio Food Truck Association has been and will continue to be a strong advocate for the growth of the mobile food industry in Columbus.

Find the city’s documentation for Starting a Food Truck <here>

Find the entire list of Top US cities to Open a Food Truck  <here>

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san antonio downtown

Thinking about starting a food truck business? Are you looking to stay local or is your food truck business plan open to anywhere in the United States? Recently we were wondering where a fledgling food truck would have the best chances of success.

To begin the discussion we thought to list the cities with the most food trucks, but quickly rethought heading down this path. Due to the fact that cities such as Los Angeles, Portland, Austin and Washington DC have so many well built brands based on just about any cuisine you could think of, a new food truck owner may struggle in building brand recognition.

Not only that but peeling off loyal customers to the long established mobile food businesses may also give a new vendor a more difficult road to travel.

We began the process of determining what cities in the US would be the best location to join the mobile food industry, by developing a formula based on a number factors such as:

  • City population
  • City growth predictions
  • Population demographics (age and income)
  • Weather
  • Current size of the local food truck industry
  • Licensing costs
  • Freedom to operate under existing food truck laws
  • Acceptance of small business entrepreneurs by local politicians
  • Strength of Food Truck Organization

We found that these 20 cities are the best cities to start a food truck in 2014:

Top 10

  1. San Antonio, TX

  2. Tampa, FL

  3. Raleigh, NC

  4. Albuquerque, NM

  5. Indianapolis, IN

  6. Nashville, TN

  7. Lexington, KY

  8. Charleston, SC

  9. Louisville, KY

  10. Sacramento, CA

Find the rest of our list on the next page…

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