Philadelphians are known for their love of unhealthy foods like cheesesteaks and soft pretzels. So it’s with a tinge of irony that Philadelphia has just become the first major US city to pass a soda tax.
Admittedly, Berkeley, California, which became the first US city to pass a soda sin tax back in 2014, probably sees itself as the actual leader on this front. And, from the bottom of my heart, I love you, Berkeley. But purely from a population standpoint, Philadelphia has you beat. It is currently the fifth largest city in America with over 1.5 million people. Berkeley, meanwhile, ranks 225th with a population of 120,000.