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Website: Covington 15th-Best U.S. City for "Foodies"

Covington is the 15th-best city in the United States for food enthusiasts, according to the website Zumper.

The site, a California-based start-up specializing in content for the rental market, created a method to analyze more than six hundred U.S. cities.

Zumper looked at percent of income spent on rent, the number of restaurants per capita, the number of bars per capita, and the Yelp rating rank.

Each city then received a rank for each metric and then a weighted score for each metric. In terms of weightings, restaurants per capita and percent of 4+ star restaurants each accounted for 35 percent of the score, bars per capita account for 20 percent, and rent spend accounted for 10 percent. The final ranking was determined by adding up each city’s weighted scores to see who scored highest overall, the site said.

Covington finished just behind Cincinnati, which was ranked 14. Portland, Oregon was #1 while Portland, Maine was ranked second. Seattle, Ashville, N.C, and New Orleans round out the top five.

Curiously, the site claimed to analyze only cities with a population of more than 60,000, and Covington's is closer to 40,000, and hasn't been 60,000 or more since the 1930s. A spokesperson for Zumper told The River City News that the tabulation involved multiple zip codes, some of which overlap into other cities nearby, giving the city the appearance of more than 60,000 people and qualifying it for the report.

Read the full report here.

-Staff report

Photo: Mainstrasse Village in Covington (RCN file)