Does Pennsylvania Prefer Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts?

Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

With autumn upon us and a chill in the air, people will be turning to more coffee for their daily routines. Maybe it’s just a quick pick-me-up with the fall flavors of pumpkin spice and cinnamon. decided to take a break from coverage of PA online casinos to do a little coffee research. Such as: Where do Pennsylvanians go for their cups of java? Using data from Google Trends, StarbMag, and VinePair, we determined if each state preferred Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts. We figured out the number of Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts locations per 100,000 people and the search interest for “Starbucks near me” and “Dunkin’ Donuts near me” to create a weighted scoring system. Here is what we found out:

Favorite Coffee Brand in Pennsylvania

Name Stories Per 100K Search Interest Weighted Score


PA Mostly Running on Dunkin’

Like choosing between the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers in Pennsylvania sports betting, many people in the Keystone State have split their allegiances between the powerhouse coffee companies of Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. But one just keeps on running to the top of the list.

Although Starbucks topped the list in search volume with 56%, Dunkin Donuts had the better weighted score of 2.565 (11th best state) over Starbucks' 1.645. Neighboring states of Massachusetts (8.05, where Dunkin Donuts' corporate office is located), New Jersey (4.885), New York (3.74) and Maryland (2.58) all had higher weighted scores than Pennsylvania.

If you like stories like this that delve into cultural preferences in the state, try this one: How Pennsylvania Ranks Among Best States to Date.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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