This U.S. City Has The Most Expensive Pizza On Average

Let's face it. When it comes to the food universe, nothing can compete with a fresh pizza straight out of the oven. The glorious aroma of cheese and sauce causes most to go weak at the knees, and a single bite of this genius creation could send anyone straight to food heaven. Delicious hot or cold, this versatile dish is one of the only foods that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or at 4 a.m. (we've all been there). And let's not forget about toppings. Whether you are a meat or a veggie lover, it's hard to find a topping that doesn't taste good baked on a pizza. 

Many of the biggest fast-food giants in the United States are pizza chains, including Papa John's and Domino's, ranking sixth and seventh in fast food locations (via 24/7 Wall St.). To top that off, on average, Americans eat 46 slices of pizza every year. That's a lot of pizza! 

While Italians get the credit for inventing this work of art, Americans have taken this delectable dish and made it their own. From Chicago's deep-dish pies, to classic New York slices, to Detroit-style pan pizza, to charred-crust New Haven "apizza," regional pizza styles differ all across the nation. But when it comes to pizza prices, which cities have the most expensive pizzas and where can you get the best deals? 

The most expensive pizzas hail from the official cheese state

According to Mental Floss, when it comes to pizza, the priciest pies hail from Eau Claire, a city in the cheese capital of the world: Wisconsin. On average, each pizza in Eau Claire costs a steep $15.01. While this may seem surprising, it also makes sense, as Wisconsin prides itself on its world-class cheeses. According to AG Daily, Wisconsin has been America's leading state in cheese production for more than 100 years, producing over three billion pounds of cheese a year. The state has also continuously been awarded the highest honors for its premier cheeses, winning the industry's most significant cheese competitions, including the American Cheese Society Competition and the World Championship Cheese Contest.

The runner-up for most expensive pizzas goes to the deserving New Haven, Connecticut, home to some of the best pizza in the United States, according to Eater. A delicious and renowned New Haven pie costs $13.84 on average.

Meanwhile, the cheapest pizza can be found in Wilmington, North Carolina, and Hayward, California. These two cities tie for having the most affordable pizza, with each pie averaging $6.35. If you are planning an American pizza tour, make sure these two cities make the list!