How Much Ice Cream Does an American Eat in a Year?

As of 2013, the average American consumed 48 pints of ice cream per year. Americans are the top consumers of ice cream worldwide, followed by New Zealanders.

When ice cream consumption is broken down by state, residents of the District of Columbia consume the most ice cream, followed by residents of Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Texas. As far as top ice cream consumption in cities, residents of Long Beach, Calif., are the top consumers, followed by residents of Dallas and Philadelphia.

Approximately 9 percent of milk produced in the United States goes toward the production of ice cream, and 12 pounds of milk are required to produce a single gallon of the frozen dessert. Vanilla ice cream accounts for 20 to 29 percent of ice cream sales, making it the most-popular ice cream flavor.