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Maximum Starbucks density

Justin notes that he’s got 43 Starbucks within a 5-mile radius of his apartment and now he’s looking for the highest concentration:

I’ve got 43 Starbucks locations within a five-mile radius of my apartment. First of all, what the fuck? Second of all, and I can’t help but to get competitive here, can anyone beat that?

Update: 162 is the new high (from the top of Regent’s street in London).

My old work address in Manhattan (45th and Madison) has 169 stores within 5 miles. Put your address into the Starbucks locator and see what your Starbucks density is. (Note: to find the number of stores, scroll to the bottom of the search listings and find the “(Showing 1-20 of xxx Stores)” text.)

Reader comments

DonJan 24, 2005 at 3:21PM

165 w/in 5 miles of 55th and bwy

James MacAonghusJan 24, 2005 at 3:25PM

You can get 165 around Cambridge Circus, London. Also 170 around Broadway 10010.

Although that was when I checked 10 minutes ago, by now those numbers are probably higher.

plemeljrJan 24, 2005 at 3:25PM

164 w/in 5 miles of Sutton/Meeker - Greenpoint Brooklyn

Proximity to MidTown (as the bird flies) artificially boosts my density.

Joao PaglioneJan 24, 2005 at 3:28PM

Luckily, we only have 1 in the vicinity. There are still some good ol' fashioned coffee houses where I can buy ultra-over-priced Brazilian coffee, support my homeland, and not feel guilty about being a corporate whore.

Viva o Cafepitalismo!

Jeremy SparksJan 24, 2005 at 3:30PM

I have 0 in the vicinity, I decided to try 50 miles and still 0.

There are three local coffee houses, but who am I kidding, I live in the sticks.

Dale CruseJan 24, 2005 at 3:33PM

55 within 5 miles of 02118 in Boston.

JPJan 24, 2005 at 3:36PM

I've got 63, but with a Caribou Coffee right across the street, I try not to notice.

Two things are pretty common in D.C.: Starbuckses and liquor stores.

(Yes, I said Starbuckses.)

AmericanoJan 24, 2005 at 3:40PM

69 in Seattle, (say, that's kinda sexy) but I wouldn't travel five miles for a Starbucks.

BenjyJan 24, 2005 at 3:43PM

97 -- and where I live in Chicago, there is nothing east of me other then a park and Lake Michigan. So it could have been much higher...

GregoryJan 24, 2005 at 3:44PM

169 within 5 miles of 1123 Broadway (@25th Street)

BrianJan 24, 2005 at 3:46PM

I have 167 within 5 miles of my office, in Times Square.

Fear me.

FeaverishJan 24, 2005 at 3:47PM

51 Starbucks within 5 miles of my home in Portland, Oregon.

BrianJan 24, 2005 at 3:48PM

11 within 5 of my office (zip: 46280), 8 near my home (46220). Fortunately the only coffee shop that actually counts (Cornerstone, née Moe & Jonnies' [grr; stupid Eats Shoots & Leaves!]) is two-tenths of a mile from my house.

My child home (14883) only has one in 50 miles! Huzzah for rural areas!

r.Jan 24, 2005 at 3:48PM

166 here (59th/Park)... whee!

JasonJan 24, 2005 at 4:00PM

89 within 5 miles of my apartment on First Hill in Seattle. I feel like I should have won this one, but I am outside of the downtown area. At least I can claim that the first Starbucks ever is within 1 mile of my apt. I also think that if we were to take a count of coffee shops in general, Seattle would come out on top. Add 17 Tullys to the 89 Starbucks, plus 6 Seattle's Best, plus 4 Torrefazione get the idea. Those are just the major ones. Keep in mind that every building in Seattle from theaters to gas stations to health clinics have a neon "espresso" sign in the window. I fear for my life should anyone here realize I hate coffee.

BenJan 24, 2005 at 4:00PM

45 here in Denver (80209) -- who knew?

jkottkeJan 24, 2005 at 4:00PM

It's probably going to be hard to match the density of New York or London, although this article from May 2003 states that NYC is not particularly Starbucks-rich:

Currently, Starbucks operates 161 stores in New York City or one store for every 57,852 people. Glass estimates, however, that Starbucks will not approach saturating the city's market until it has opened at least 466 stores and could manage to open as many as 515 stores.

In fact, compared with other United States cities, New York's Starbucks are few and far between. Seattle - the company's home - boasts the highest concentration of stores, with one for every 13,340 people. San Francisco houses the second highest density.

On the other end of the spectrum, Glass found other metropolises in which Starbucks was all but non-existent. Philadelphia, for example, has only 41 stores.

Is Starbucks particularly popular in any of the ultra dense cities in Asia or South America?

Courtney RauJan 24, 2005 at 4:02PM

12 within 10 miles of 02062. Again, with the lovely Perks holding court within walking distance of my apartment, who nees Starbucks?

danJan 24, 2005 at 4:02PM

I have 20; cnr Victoria and Hobson Streets, Auckland City, New Zealand.

LalitreeJan 24, 2005 at 4:03PM

Only three for me (Durham, NC). I can think of more than 3 cool locally-owned places to get a good cup of coffee w/in five miles also, which is nice.

LauraJan 24, 2005 at 4:10PM

33 in a 5 mile radius. Guess it's too hot in Houston for coffee.

DavidJan 24, 2005 at 4:12PM

165 within 5 miles of my work (Broadway/W 55th St), but only a measly 146 within 5 miles of my home (2nd Ave/E 79th St).

Jon HenshawJan 24, 2005 at 4:14PM

46 in a 5 mile radius (Denver, CO)

chrisJan 24, 2005 at 4:19PM

40th and Madison, NYC = 169 Starbucks in a 5 mile radius.

But that seems like too big a radius for NYC, so I tried 2 miles to see what percentage of the 169 is even closer. Answer:

112 stores (66%) within a 2 mile radius. Beat that.

MouserJan 24, 2005 at 4:22PM

Hrm there's only one in Los Alamos, but that's a density of 1 per 15,000 or so people. So our SB density is huge! Take that New York!

Matt SimpsonJan 24, 2005 at 4:26PM

Only 13 stores in the area where I live now, but I now live in the boon docks of Greater Vancouver (aka Burnaby). If you enter my last address in Vancouver proper, it finds 72 stores.

SethJan 24, 2005 at 4:34PM

Only 19 here in Midtown Atlanta at Turner Broadcasting, across the street from Georgia Tech.

danicaJan 24, 2005 at 4:34PM

71 in the area of my home in vancouver (quebec & terminal). I am very suprised. I think I've actually seen 20 at the most.

tinaJan 24, 2005 at 4:35PM

only 2 within 5 miles of westwood, ma.

different story if you asked about dunkin donuts....

Quadsk8Jan 24, 2005 at 4:40PM

Closest one is in Essen, Germany about 226 km away, sorry skip the coffee this time...
Lawrence from The Hague Holland

EricJan 24, 2005 at 4:41PM

21 stores in Atlanta, GA (druid hills/emory). We're definitely not as L33T as NYC and elsewhere. :(

David ElyJan 24, 2005 at 4:42PM

There are 71 in the radius around my apartment in Arlington (Ballston).

Oddly, there only 61 for my office in downtown DC (555 12th St. NW), which is just 3 blocks from the White House and 5 or 6 from the Capital. Still more proof that DC just isn't that happenin'.

TheMattJan 24, 2005 at 4:42PM

8 of them around JILA (80309). My sister at the ESB (10118) has 165-169 (depends on address for some reason).

AndreaJan 24, 2005 at 4:44PM

Only 5 within 5 miles of 64111 (Kansas City, MO)

lopolisJan 24, 2005 at 4:48PM

My old work address in Seattle (Capitol Hill) gets the total up to 91. I wonder if their search tool includes Seattle's Best Coffee locations too (which Starbucks owns). Also, considering the layout of Seattle's metro area (West Seattle, the East side, etc...) and how much water is between these areas, the 5 mile radius won't reach that far. We just can't match the raw density of a square block of Manhattan, London or Chicago.

Ryan PrinsJan 24, 2005 at 4:52PM

87 Stores from my location in Seattle. They just put one in down the street from me too.

Jason RhyleyJan 24, 2005 at 4:53PM

Charleston, SC only has four, and I can't think of a single other coffee shop in the area. Maybe it is just too hot in the south. Personally, I'd rather make my own dang coffee anyway.

Anthony BosioJan 24, 2005 at 4:57PM

TWO, within 5 miles of my house in Virginia Beach, VA and only 24 within 50 miles. We're so unhip here. :-(

jkottkeJan 24, 2005 at 5:00PM

different story if you asked about dunkin donuts...

Using the Dunkin Donuts store locator, I found 75 locations in a 5 mile radius in Boston.

CatherineJan 24, 2005 at 5:01PM

I have 74 within five miles of my Downtown San Francisco office! I have a scant 15 within that radius from my home in San Francisco. Have you ever seen

cbooneJan 24, 2005 at 5:10PM

0 within 50 miles, thank the gods...

Gary PotterJan 24, 2005 at 5:11PM

One, and it's in a Kroger grocery store.

toddJan 24, 2005 at 5:11PM

167 - 58th and 1st Ave. I wish Tasti-D-Lite had one of these, I pass 4 on my 7 block walk to work

GlennJan 24, 2005 at 5:11PM

17. I think that if I counted all the non-Starbuckses (thanks JP :-) I would have more than 17. Yay Austin!

MikeJan 24, 2005 at 5:12PM

The only thing more plentiful in Washington, D.C. than grande caramel macchiatos is bottom-feeding corporate lobbyists. There are 69 stores within 5 miles of my apartment.

TomJan 24, 2005 at 5:17PM

Wow. I'm amazed my 162 on Regent's Street has been topped... scary.

BrianJan 24, 2005 at 5:22PM

26, that's pretty pathetic. I'm a little embarrassed. There's 3 within about 1000 feet of each other right next to my apartment, so it must be the other 4.9 miles that are slacking.

ArielJan 24, 2005 at 5:25PM

There are 84 Starbucks stores within five miles of my office in downtown Seattle -- no surprise there, really.

Brian MitchellJan 24, 2005 at 5:27PM

I've got 12 within 5 miles and 288 within 50 miles. BTW, I live in Everett, WA, just north of Seattle.

AfsheenJan 24, 2005 at 5:28PM

68 within five miles of my office on Hollywood Blvd (90028) and only 64 if you start from my apartment (90036).

NYC gets the Starbucks bragging rights, but here it's 66 degrees outside right now.

Chad BakerJan 24, 2005 at 5:29PM

1 at work (32746 - Heathrow, FL) and 3 at home (34711 - Ocoee, FL)

Steve NelsonJan 24, 2005 at 5:42PM

To extend the concept, calculate the Relative Starbucks Density, which is obtained by dividing the Starbucks Density by the Coffee Houses & Cafes Density for the same location using Google Local.

For instance, the R.S.D. at work in Berkeley is .29 versus an R.S.D. of .71 at home in Walnut Creek. This is to be expected.

Geoff StearnsJan 24, 2005 at 5:50PM

165 in the east village (NYC) - looks like nearly everywhere in manhattan is that high.

Emily PetrickJan 24, 2005 at 5:55PM

7 on the east side of Milwaukee - 53211

Steve PortigalJan 24, 2005 at 6:18PM

I'd like to see a density comparision against ABC stores in Waikiki

JeffJan 24, 2005 at 6:26PM

I've only got nine within five miles of me. I'm in Austin, Texas. Thank you!

MariaJan 24, 2005 at 6:35PM

11 in Suburban Bay Area.

joshuaJan 24, 2005 at 6:42PM

Oh, I thought I was winning there for a moment.

196 in Tokyo! But then I realized that was for all of Tokyo, not just a five mile radius.

The Starbucks website doesn't separate them out by distance...
(Granted, most of those are fairly close together, but Tokyo's a big city).

Nick DouglasJan 24, 2005 at 6:53PM

How can we find the US location farthest from any Starbucks? We'd need to map out all Starbucks locations and triangulate it somehow...I know nothing about network and triangulation mathematics. Can someone offer a solution?

bjornJan 24, 2005 at 6:59PM

Only 19 within 5 miles of 55405 (Minneapolis, Minnesota). I have, however, been feeding a growing addiction to Sebastian Joe's coffee, also home to the Twin Cities best ice cream.

HansJan 24, 2005 at 7:06PM

132 w/in 5 miles of home in Brooklyn...BUT, in the new downtown Brooklyn Target mall just over a mile from my apartment, there's TWO Starbucks -- one in the mall, and one in the Target store itself. That's sort of like the Starbucks on two corners of an intersection, right?

heatherJan 24, 2005 at 7:12PM

66 w/in 5 miles of my office.

rgJan 24, 2005 at 7:13PM

168 - chelsea square, london (also knightsbridge). But only 158 from my apt.

jkottkeJan 24, 2005 at 7:21PM

I'm only going to say this once:

Any discussion of the pros and cons of Starbucks, big box stores, globalization, anti-globalization is so far off-topic and posts discussing any of the above will be deleted. Thanks.

TomJan 24, 2005 at 7:23PM

2 mile radius is more interesting:

"112 stores (66%) within a 2 mile radius. Beat that."

50th and 7th Ave, NYC: 114

jonJan 24, 2005 at 7:33PM

As I said before and it was summarily deleted in it entirety the location farthest from STarbucks in the US is north slope of Alaska. One of the small towns up there.

As for Continental US it could be more interesting. My bet would be eastern Montana. There are only 2 company starbucks in ND and 4 in MT. The ones in ND are in eastern part and the ones in MT are in the western part. SD is pretty sparse too.

Outside of Central Alaska it is the least densley populated, large area in the US

essJan 24, 2005 at 7:36PM

Three, two of which are across the street from each other.

All are to the South of my home - perhaps because the neighborhood gets more hood as you move north from my house.

huntedJan 24, 2005 at 7:40PM

0, have to go out to the 20 mile radius to find the first (and only) one...38632

David NemesisJan 24, 2005 at 7:50PM

Where I live (in Chicago's hipsteriffic Wicker Park-Bucktown neighborhood), there are 97 'Buxes within five miles. I find this funny, as I'm about a mile from either of the two nearest ones.

Even funnier, there are only 90 stores within a 5-mi radius of where I work on Michigan Avenue, and only 86 from my old apartment down on State Street in the Loop.

So my question is: where the hell are these Starbucks stores??

DJan 24, 2005 at 7:52PM

The state of Oregon has an independent coffee stand that is even more concentrated than Starbucks - it's called "Dutch Bros." coffee, I'm sure the world will be learning of it soon enough, as it moves down to California slowly but surely.

Mike CohenJan 24, 2005 at 7:59PM

69 within 5 miles of the hotel I stayed at last week in downtown Vancouver. At least two of them are accross the street from each other (on Granville street). There are only 6 within 5 miles of my home in Fort Lauderdale.

TaraJan 24, 2005 at 8:02PM

High Melton, Doncaster, UK - 36 in 50 miles, 3 in 20 miles, 1 in 10 miles. Living in the secluded lifestyle, I didn't think I would find that many...though having no car it doesn't make me want to go to any. Besides, I'm in England - shouldn't I be drinking tea?

MattJan 24, 2005 at 8:30PM

My corner of Tucson, AZ has only 3. I have to admit I'm happy that there's as many of the local coffee chain in the area as Starbucks.

DanielJan 24, 2005 at 8:33PM

1. The Starbucks in my college town is the second stand-alone store in the ENTIRE state and only opened last year. Hey, if you want to live off the grid, move to Iowa. Heh.

tcmJan 24, 2005 at 8:47PM

Cambridge, MA 02140
59 Starbucks + 44 DDs = 103!! Lots o' caffiene!

jeffJan 24, 2005 at 8:52PM

I've got 52. NW 23rd area Portland, OR.

AdamJan 24, 2005 at 9:03PM

Dude! 170! (East 30th St, NYC)

markJan 24, 2005 at 9:11PM

My Starbucks density is 87 (I live in Seattle).

Starbucks' most recent annual report listed revenue from retail outlets at just under $4.5 billion with 8,569 stores in operation. That's about $520,000 per store putting the annual value of my five mile circle'o'Starbucks at $45.2 million.

ThanJan 24, 2005 at 9:13PM

No Starbucks within 50 miles for me in northern Minnesota.

ericJan 24, 2005 at 9:17PM

84 around my old dorm at Jefferson & Broadway in Seattle.

spsJan 24, 2005 at 9:18PM

3 within 50 miles of Lewisburg, Pa (center of the state...the Bible/rural belt of the NE). However, we have a campus coffee house (at Bucknell Univ.) that rocks as a hang out, especially for those of us who are independently minded (BU is something like 60% or more Greek...uh...fraternity/sorority people for those of you that do not know anything about US college culture). We get small time coffeehouse performers almost every weekend and we hold things like open mic nights and poetry slams 3 or 4 times a semester.

Lewisburg is also one of those small college towns that has about 4 or 5 coffeehouses/cafes. I think, however, the most recent one should have been a late night pizza place. It's right on street that lead down from campus to the bar and right next to most of the houses that off campus students live in. Why the owners decided to try to compete in an overcrowded niche market and against the school's own cafe (where students can use their meal plans) is beyond me. They would have made a killing if they made decent pizza. Being from NJ, I mourn the loss of a good slice of pizza from a non-chain store.

JenaJan 24, 2005 at 9:22PM

My old work address in the Fremont district of Seattle gives me 86. These numbers are insane.

DAveJan 24, 2005 at 9:23PM

"Only" 19 w/in 5 miles of me, here, in the Brookhaven/Buckhead area of Atlanta.

netcowboyJan 24, 2005 at 9:27PM

Who was the dude who said he only had four Starbucks within five miles of his house?

C'mon, man! Even .8 Starbucks every square mile is a lot!

On other note, I hopped on eBay and bought my wife a Starbucks apron for our sex games.

"Here's your frappuccino, sir!"

TweaqJan 24, 2005 at 9:39PM

lol i have 1 in 50 mile radius. but i live in crap town TN. lol

Paul KiddJan 24, 2005 at 10:38PM

There are exactly 4 Starbuckses here in Melbourne, Australia, one per 950,000 people.

But four is probably more than enough -- Melbourne is already a coffee-drinker's paradise. Coffee shops on every street corner, down every side street, everywhere. Even McDonald's sells espresso here.

Bc9bJan 24, 2005 at 10:57PM

What's sadder than a Starbucks across the street from a Starbucks? They are both full! Ha Ha, humor.

11 in 5mi, I thought it would be more.

Joshua HamiltonJan 24, 2005 at 10:59PM

I've got 43, which is surprising, frankly, but my proximity to Vancouver International boosts that up. It's all just eye pollution and wasted space to one who doesn't even drink coffee.

fluffyJan 24, 2005 at 11:33PM

169 within 5 miles of where I work (25th and Broadway... hey, I work right next to other commenters here! Howdy daytime-neighbors!)

Only 17 within 5 miles of my apartment (in Ridgewood, Queens) though. Weird. Though I haven't actually run across any of them, which is fine by me.

Waldo JaquithJan 24, 2005 at 11:47PM

0, in the countryside of Virginia, and I couldn't be prouder of that fact.

robinJan 24, 2005 at 11:55PM

46 within my house in the hipsterdom that is the los feliz/silverlake nabe of los angeles, ca (eastside represent!), and only one coffee bean & tea leaf (an LA chain; leo dicaprio goes there).

JBJan 24, 2005 at 11:56PM

0 within probably 500 miles :)

AlexaJan 25, 2005 at 12:16AM

With all these stores, why do I still have to wait in line?

aJan 25, 2005 at 12:44AM

24 in Pasadena. More interesting, though, is the spatial distribution. They trace out the two main streets very clearly, with a few isolated malls. You could probably map the main streets of America by plotting Starbucks locations. Bummer.

StewartJan 25, 2005 at 2:25AM

But wait - this is all about density, right? I can't imagine anywhere denser than Vancouver where we often have two Starbucks across the street from one another, so let's turn that dial down to 2 (Vancouver would do even better with one, the downtown being a small penninsula surrounded by water).

5 mile radius = pi*25 = 78.53981625 square miles

170 in 78.53981625 square miles is 2.16 per square mile

Within 2 miles of 1400 W Broadway in Vancouver, there are 48 stores.

2 mile radius = pi*4 = 12.5663706 square miles

48 in 12.5663706 square miles is 3.82 per square mile

TimJan 25, 2005 at 7:27AM

8 starbucks in 545,630 square kilometers. All located near Paris, so good to be in France ...

ChrisJan 25, 2005 at 9:17AM

Just 4 Starbucks in Vienna; but there are zillions of cafes here. And I love that.

waylanJan 25, 2005 at 10:12AM

1 Starbucks and 1 Dunkin Donuts each within 50 miles from 14772. Interestingly, each is at the extreme limits of that 50 miles in opposite directions.

PaladinJan 25, 2005 at 10:17AM

Very interesting concept but what if less was more?

barkJan 25, 2005 at 10:34AM

Zero within fifty miles of home in beautiful rural Idaho. Man I love this place.

Trevor MayJan 25, 2005 at 10:38AM

169 within 5 miles of W2 4QH: Queensway, London.

melJan 25, 2005 at 11:25AM

zero....there are actually no starbucks within a 5 mile radius of me (sub. of roch, ny) and there are only 17 in a 50 mile radius....BUT there is a growing dunkin doughnuts population that is bordering on obscene.

Garrick Van BurenJan 25, 2005 at 12:04PM

I'm going to start measuring distance in 'Starbucks' when giving directions.

e.g. "...the Dunn Bros is about 8 Starbucks away. Go down 4th, past 3 Starbucks, turn left and it's after the 5th Starbucks"

AndrewJan 25, 2005 at 12:06PM

Forty-three within a 5-mile radius of my home (Rogers Park, Chicago), 87 near my old office (Michigan & Illinois, downtown) including one on the first floor. Contrast that with just six within the range from my current office (northwest suburbs). I guess Starbucks density matches population density?

The TubeJan 25, 2005 at 12:24PM

Only 19 from Downtown Minneapolis.


Chris AndersonJan 25, 2005 at 1:15PM

Only 4 within 5 miles of my house in Oakwood (Dayton), Ohio - 45419.

Eric RolphJan 25, 2005 at 1:24PM

If I recall, the theory is that saturating an area will shut down competition from other coffee shops, even if it makes one starbucks suffer in revenue to another just blocks away.

KalebergJan 25, 2005 at 1:45PM

There was a neat article on coffee density in the New York Times on 18 April 2001. There are two Starbucks across from each other at Astor Place, and then a new competitor opened a coffee truck, The Mudtruck parked in between them.

The reporter got the story from Starbucks:

'"What we've learned is that people won't cross the street" to get coffee, said Alan Hilowitzi, a regional spokesman for Starbucks. The Mudtruck, he said, has not hurt sales. "It just increases awareness of coffee in the area. Everybody does better."'

and the story from the Mudtruck:

'If Starbucks opened two franchises so close together, said Ms. Berott, who until recently worked in advertising, it must know something.'

Out in Washington State, the home of Starbucks, there is the rural phenomenon of the espresso shack. These are small wooden shacks, just big enough for a full sized espresso machine and an operator. You will sometimes see them a block apart, which is pretty dense out in the country. Sort of like next door in the city.

How does it work? Apparently, they get their followings. A friend of ours describes one as the "Hooters" of espresso shacks. She says they get the pickup truck guys who like the buxom barristras.

Bill WJan 25, 2005 at 1:50PM

Within 20 miles of my home in Sunderland, MA (near UMass) there are only 2 Starbucks and 5 Dunkin's. There are way too many good local coffee shops that roast their own beans--off the top of my head, three within 10 miles.

TeresaJan 25, 2005 at 2:42PM

There are NO Starbucks within five miles of downtown Durham, NC, the home of Duke University and two local coffee roasters, Counter Culture and Broad Street. There are quite a few coffee houses, though, and even some new ones opening, but no Starbucks!

Before you despair that Corporate America is losing it's touch, there are three Starbucks near the new mall in South Durham and one in Chapel Hill. You have to go to Raleigh to find any kind of density-there are ten. So the total for the Research Triangle Area, with a population of 1 million plus, and a 20 mile radius, is 14. That's a number I can live with!

irryJan 25, 2005 at 3:10PM

165 for me. Mind you that's not surprising as I live within 10 mins walking distance of Jason's location (Covent Garden).

JenniferJan 25, 2005 at 3:22PM

Only 17 w/in the five miles of my home in south Minneapolis, but one listed is actually closed, and a non-listed one has opened this week -- and I have been to all but two of them. That does not inherently make me a bad person, right? Right?

jamesJan 25, 2005 at 3:22PM

We're lightweights in Canada. 53 within 5 miles of my place in midtown Toronto.

Shaun KellyJan 25, 2005 at 3:23PM

Ya know, you might not want to mention if you have zero Starbucks in your vicinity. Someone may be watching, and you may have a new neighbor soon, very soon...

jnlJan 25, 2005 at 3:35PM

Home has 73, and work has 80 (work = downtown Chicago on S. Michigan ave).

DavidJan 25, 2005 at 4:13PM

Five within five miles of us here in Barcelona, Spain. Just so nobody thinks Southern Europe is being left out in the cold.....

Stacey KnowlesJan 25, 2005 at 4:25PM

5 miles... none. 10 miles... none. 20 miles... none. Welcome to coastal Scotland, folks.

D*mn. I'd kill for a coffee. Where's the instant...?

MarshallJan 25, 2005 at 4:55PM

There was a hilarious article in the Onion sometime back (now a "premium" content aticle) that began:

"New Starbucks Opens In Rest Room Of Existing Starbucks
CAMBRIDGE, MA—Starbucks, the nation's largest coffee-shop chain, continued its rapid expansion Tuesday, opening its newest location in the men's room of an existing Starbucks. "Coffee lovers...
3320 | 27 June 1998 | News"

My magic number here in Toronto is 50.

JennyJan 25, 2005 at 5:21PM

in los angeles, at 6565sunset blvd, home of "the surreal life". we have 47 within 5 miles.

BlakeJan 25, 2005 at 5:30PM

Only 15!!! Bah, Miami is a stinkin' hole.

Clete R. Blackwell 2Jan 25, 2005 at 5:31PM

Within 50 miles of my house (one of the houses on Mallet Hill Rd. in Columbia, SC, USA 29223), I have a small 4.

TrixieJan 25, 2005 at 6:13PM

I think mine is pretty much the same place as your top one, I just checked my work..

But with slightly more of a reference point...

162 from BBC Radio 1 in London

Too many starbucks! Blame the beeb :D

NicoleJan 25, 2005 at 6:15PM

From some quick math and the Starbucks locator, I calculate that there are 8 total Starbucks in my home state of South Dakota and about 10 total in Montana. There are no actual stores in western South Dakota, just kiosks in grocery stores.

Lucky for me, there are 3 locations within 5 miles of downtown Helena, MT.

StuartJan 25, 2005 at 6:25PM

138 from Queens...

Nathan LoganJan 25, 2005 at 6:45PM

I'm in Boise, Idaho and we have 20 within a 50 mile radius, 9 of which are inside grocery stores...

For some reason, I feel just slightly less tainted as I would if I had 170+ Starbucks within 50 miles.

Funny story, though. I was in SB about 2 months ago and saw Troy McClain (from the 1st Apprentice) in there. Perhaps there's more connection between NYC and Boise than we think (but we probably both hope not)...

JackieJan 25, 2005 at 7:15PM

I have 1 within 5 miles and 3 within 20. I have an anti-Starbucks shop within one mile that claims to be rehab for the Starbucks addicted. It's a step above Folgers, how is that better?

AnnieJan 25, 2005 at 7:18PM

Hm, only 1. But it's northern idaho, so yeah.

robinJan 25, 2005 at 8:01PM

just to represent for asia too, there is one starbucks i know of in the 5 to 10 mile vicinity of where my mom lives in tarlac, an area north of manila on the main island of the philippines (not listed on the locator). i think there are about 14 in manila, tho.

this reminds me of the movie "best in show," where parker posey's character and her yuppy husband talk about how they met at starbucks in new york, "not the same starbucks. starbucks across the street from each other."

JSJan 25, 2005 at 10:29PM

There are two Starbucks across from each other at Astor Place, and then a new competitor opened a coffee truck, The Mudtruck parked in between them.

Three. There's one inside the Barnes and Noble, one opposite the cube, and one on the corner of Third Ave.

Yvonne AdamsJan 25, 2005 at 10:39PM

3 in Santa Fe - 6 if you count the ones inside Albertson's stores.

WoodyJan 25, 2005 at 10:56PM

Um, I'm confused. There's a Starbucks just down the road from me, but the store locator says there are none in my town, Tifton, GA (31794). I know its there, it really is! It's been there over a year! I'm not imagining it!

Funny thing is, this is very rural south Georgia, and this town is so small that it only last year got a second zip code (31793). I also thought that the South is too hot for much coffee consumption, but Starbucks and the Coffee Corner, the local home-grown shop, seem to be doing quite nicely.

There is, however, a surplus of Waffle Houses here -- including two that are on opposite sides of the same exit on I-75. Of course, the coffee there is not of the same calibre.

ace bhattacharJan 26, 2005 at 12:27AM

166 Stores from my friend Cosmo's place at 10 Jane Street! And he doesn't even drink coffee (he's a Corgi).

joshJan 26, 2005 at 1:55AM

there are "only" eighty-seven within a five-mile radius of my Seattle apartment, but I'd estimate that there are at least three independent stores for every Starbucks. I'm glad that the city's reputation is vindicated by the stores per person statistic.

Joey "Accordion Guy" deVillaJan 26, 2005 at 2:04AM

While looking at the map of the 51 Starbucks within a five-mile radius of my house, I noticed that a number of them were part of a personal history and decided to annotate them.

I have a life, I swear!

NorbertJan 26, 2005 at 2:06AM

Why 5 miles? You really want to waste $2 on gas just to get some coffee? How about 10 minutes walking distance? That would be 18 coffee shops for my corner of San Francisco - and most of them better than Starbucks :-)

RutgerJan 26, 2005 at 4:22AM

WTF, no stores in Holland :(
Only the EMEA headquarter, boehh...

FrankJan 26, 2005 at 6:24AM

166, and I couldn't tell you where a single one is because my mind blocks them out when I walk past ;-)

Just one Monmouth Coffee Company on the way to work is worth more than all the Starbucks in the world.

Wes JJan 26, 2005 at 6:42AM

A whole 2 in liverpool

The CotbJan 26, 2005 at 8:16AM

0 Starbucks within a 20 mile radius. I did't feel like I'm in the boonies, but now, with the help of the Starbucks Store Locator, I can truly appreciate just how soulless and empty my little valley can be. And I am raising my children here! How will they ever adapt to the outside world?

GilbertZJan 26, 2005 at 8:28AM

I'm in manhattan and got 166

SarahJan 26, 2005 at 9:11AM

162 in a 5 mile radius of where I work - central London (UK). And we have a Starbucks brewer in our staff restaurant, so I actually only need to go downstairs!

maesieJan 26, 2005 at 9:32AM

Chattanooga got a new Starbucks midway through last year on Broad St, and their web store locator isn't even updated with it. How silly.

Frank LeahyJan 26, 2005 at 11:09AM

Cornwall: 0 (big surprise)

Adam BardsleyJan 26, 2005 at 11:16AM

I only manage 15 and that's within 50 miles! (none within 5 and glad)

SethJan 26, 2005 at 11:18AM

88 from the U-district in Seattle

markJan 26, 2005 at 11:26AM

There are only 4 within 5 miles of my south side Chicago apartment, which seems very low. On the other hand, there's only one Dunkin Donuts (and it's cobranded with some sub shop I've never heard of: Togo's).

AndrewJan 26, 2005 at 11:33AM

41 in Shanghai, CHINA.

MattJan 26, 2005 at 11:34AM

139 around 103rd and Riverside Drive in Manhattan...It's like a cancer...albeit a very green one.

bbcuebertJan 26, 2005 at 12:42PM

163 at Broadway and Bond in NYC, although the one next to my office is closed for remodeling, so technically I guess that's 162 with an asterisk.

thomas marbanJan 26, 2005 at 12:46PM

Wish i had a starbucks within the next 150miles :(

georgeJan 26, 2005 at 12:52PM

166 w/in 5 miles of w 15th btw/5th & 6th, NYC
*and* w/in 5 miles of 54th & 5th, NYC

Henry B.Jan 26, 2005 at 1:11PM

167 near my job (9th ave & 14th st). I walk by 4 of them on my way to work.

TWMJan 26, 2005 at 1:31PM

Only three out here by the office in Geneva, Illinois, but with a city population of 19,155 that works out to one per 6385 peoples.

AndrewJan 26, 2005 at 2:13PM


The nearest Retail Stores in your area are listed below.
1. Chapters - Bayers Lake
188 Chainlake Drive
Halifax NS, B3S 1C5

2. Chapters-Mic Mac Mall
41 Mic Mac Blvd.
Dartmouth NS, B3A 4N3

deeterJan 26, 2005 at 3:26PM

In Peoria, AZ (northwest suburb of Phoenix) there are 10 Starbuckses (thanks JP!), or 1 for every 10,836 people. The only oneses I can remember seeing are inside grocery storeses. But we are getting our fair share of Dunkin' Donutses/Baskin Robbinses with drive-thruses. Drive thru ice cream? You betcha!

Rusty BirchallJan 26, 2005 at 3:43PM

South Tampa, Florida - 16! Seems like not many until you realize that South Tampa is a peninsula less than 3 miles wide.

AmoryJan 26, 2005 at 3:54PM

128 within 5 blocks. i live in manhattan though, upper west side. and, for the hell of it, 189 within 10 miles. i dont even drink starbucks though.

Adam VillaniJan 26, 2005 at 4:43PM

I live in Long Beach, CA, and there are 16 Starbuckses within 5 miles of my house. I don't drink coffee, though. There are zero Dunkin Donutses within 50 miles of here, though --- it's a chain that's stayed out of Southern California.


Alan LevineJan 26, 2005 at 7:18PM

You've hot the peaks, how about turning the game around? Who has the longest reach to get a 5 dollar iced latte? (old coffee on ice)

Like, what are some of the maximum radial distances one has to go to get an area of 5 Starbucks?

I am too lazy to try

Ari PaparoJan 26, 2005 at 7:40PM

158 within five miles of the Lower East Side, but only 1 within a mile and its in DUMBO!

Mark SmithJan 26, 2005 at 9:05PM

I live in the other, pathetic, un-wanted Manhattan... Manhatan, Kansas. We currently have 0, but they're putting one in at a local Kroger grocery store. I also believe that the student union at Kansas State (which basically defines the reason the town exists) serves Starbucks product, but is not technically Starbucks.

We have two independent coffee houses in town and one of them seems to want to be Starbucks (contrasting the bright, sterile, safe decor and poor teas to the other shop which is small, intimate, and comfortable).

Growing up in the Kansas City suburbs Starbucks was pretty uncommon. From my parent's house there are 7. At least 2 or 3 are in grocery stores . The rest are all relatively recent (i.e. the last 5 years or so).

mentaldentJan 26, 2005 at 11:37PM

3 in five. Could only find three within five miles of my hometown of Pawtucket, RI. As mentioned before, saturation of my state by Dunkin Donuts is another story.

BeaJan 26, 2005 at 11:39PM

One Starbucks. And eighteen Tim Hortons. (I'm in Canada, if you can't tell.)

Paul BaronJan 27, 2005 at 12:11AM

Bloody Hell! 194 from central Tokyo in 5miles radius. Go to any video store in Tokyo and most American movies they have are the worst pieces of crap that nobody else wants to buy... So they just ship them to Japan... Japan is not a fucking dumpster , is it?!

Richard CruzJan 27, 2005 at 12:17AM

For a third world country where a tall caramel macchiatto costs about 1/3 of the minimum wage, we've got about 21 stores in the central business district of Manila.

Eric WallaceJan 27, 2005 at 2:12AM

I'm in Portland, Maine--the state's largest city (which ain't saying much): we've got 6 in the whole Greater Portland area (10 miles from my house, which is right in town). Funny to compare with the previous comment from Manila...

But there's a reason, you see: Portland is fiercely independent; there a few chain/franchise restaurants but countless family business-type eateries. We (I mean this in the larger sense, not the specific) kept throwing bricks thru the big picture windows of the first Starbucks downtown for years after it was planted there. The plucky owner never gave in, to the dismay of more than a few residents who still look upon the franchise with disdain.

giorgiaJan 27, 2005 at 3:23AM

we have 0 in the vicinity, too.

of course we do, we live in espressoland (italy).

YabbyJan 27, 2005 at 3:55AM

32 within a 5-mile redius - ok, so not so impressive, until you realise that Singapore is under 700 sq kms in total.

JonJan 27, 2005 at 9:00AM

I've got 66 in the five mile radius of my house in the Adams Morgan Neighborhood in Washington DC. Pretty ridiculous. No wonder I drink so much of it...

Sven tBHJan 27, 2005 at 10:35AM

Cape Town here! Not in a 1000 miles radius (i kid you not). Like to keep it that way. When is Coffee Bean coming this way?

ChrisJan 27, 2005 at 11:09AM

We've got 0 within a 70 mile radius. Only 2 coffee shops within a 30 mile radius, 1 of which puts whipped cream on everything coffee and smoothee related. I guess NW Ohio is not important enough.

Chris ChoateJan 27, 2005 at 11:13AM

I've got 7 from my house, and 24 near my work. 12 where I used to live. I feel like such a loser!

jacqueJan 27, 2005 at 11:27AM

321, from my address in kent, washington. it's a suburb about 10 miles outside of seattle. no wonder we all act like we're on speed!

scottJan 27, 2005 at 11:35AM

3 in Little Rock, Arkansas. . . 4 counting the Barnes & Noble Cafe "proudly brewing Starbucks Coffee."

RachelJan 27, 2005 at 11:37AM

There is only ONE Starbucks in a five-mile radius of my house. And it's in the mall. I live in Akron, which is a fairly large city, and the next closest Starbucks is about ten or fifteen miles away. It's actually kind of annoying---I'd like to get Starbucks without battling the mall traffic. Argh. So there's an open market here if anyone wants to franchise it up...

AntonioJan 27, 2005 at 2:05PM

61 right next to Harvard Sq. in Cambridge, MA, 02138, "the most opinionated zip code in the world"

SamJan 27, 2005 at 2:50PM

13 from my work address in downtown Salt Lake City,
10 from my home address in suburban Salt Lake County
(Some were the same outlet, so I must live less than 10 miles from work) Not too bad for non-coffee-drinking Utah.

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