California Has More Starbucks than High Schools, New Study Shows

California, the Golden State known for its beautiful landscapes, diverse culture, and star-studded cities, has another claim to fame: its passion for Starbucks.

Despite Oregon being named the most Starbucks-obsessed state, California’s love for the coffee giant cannot be underestimated. New research from price-tracking website has found that California holds the distinction of having the highest number of Starbucks locations in the entire United States.

In fact, California has twice as many Starbucks stores as high schools.

Starbucks in the State of California

California is home to a staggering 3,087 Starbucks locations, making up 19.47% of all Starbucks stores in the country. With one Starbucks location per 12,814 residents, the state’s dedication to the coffee chain is evident.

By contrast, California has only 1,299 high schools. That means the Golden State has more than 2 times more Starbucks stores than high schools! We even have more Starbucks than High Schools and Middle Schools put together.

Although our Starbucks-per-person ratio places California in the fifth position in terms of Starbucks obsession, the sheer number of locations demonstrates the Golden State’s commitment to their caffeine fix.

Comparisons with Other States

While California has the largest number of Starbucks locations, it is Oregon that takes the crown for being the most Starbucks-obsessed state, as measured by stores per person.

Boasting 401 branches, there is one Starbucks per 10,450 residents in Oregon. Washington state follows closely behind, with 711 locations and one store per 10,710 residents. Other states that made the top 10 list include Nevada, Colorado, Hawaii, Arizona, Virginia, Maryland, and New Mexico.

A Coffee Nation

The United States is known for its love of coffee, and the data on Starbucks locations nationwide confirms this. With 15,852 Starbucks stores across the country, the US has more than six times as many locations as the whole of Europe, which has just over 2,500 stores. This highlights the immense demand for Starbucks in America and the country’s dedication to its favorite coffeehouse chain.

Many people think of France as a coffee obsessed nation, filled with tiny, moodily lit coffee shops. But in reality, America is the king, at least when it comes to this specific chain.


California’s affinity for Starbucks is undeniable. With thousands of locations spread across the state, the coffee giant has become a quintessential part of California culture.

As residents continue to flock to their local Starbucks for their daily caffeine fix, the state’s obsession with the brand only grows stronger. Whether you’re a Californian seeking a fresh cup of coffee or a visitor exploring the Golden State, there’s no denying that Starbucks has left an indelible mark on California’s landscape and identity.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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