Millions of people around the world indulged in pie last week to celebrate the mathematical concept of pi (the Greek symbol used to represent 3.14159).

The Harris Poll also celebrated by asking Americans about their favorite pie.

As usual, apple pie reigns supreme (12%), but pizza comes in a close second (10%) and is, by far, the favorite type of pie among men ages 18-34 (25%). The most popular pizza topping in America continues to be pepperoni.

7 in 10 say the pie filling — not the crust — is the best part.

Pie vs. cake

When it comes to dessert overall, Americans are nearly evenly split, with a slight preference for cake (52%) over pie (48%) – particularly in the South, where about 6 in 10 prefer cake (61% South), but not in the Midwest where 58% of adults prefer pie.

Women (56%) and young adults ages 18-34 (66%) are particularly likely to prefer cake, while men (53%) and adults ages 35+ are more likely to choose pie (53% 35-44, 47% 45-54, 51% 55-64, 59% 65+).

When eating pie, not everyone screams for ice cream. More than half of U.S. adults (56%) – though nearly 2 in 3 young adults ages 18-34 (64%) – like their pie a la mode, while more than 4 in 10 like it without ice cream (44%).


“What is your favorite type of pie?”

Apple 12%
Pizza 10%
Chocolate/ Chocolate cream 9%
Pecan 7%
Cherry 7%
Pumpkin 7%
Key lime 5%
Coconut cream 4%
Chicken pot pie 4%
Lemon merengue 4%
Banana cream 4%
Blueberry 4%
Sweet potato 3%
Strawberry 3%
Shepherd’s pie 3%
Peach 3%
Peanut butter 2%
Other sweet/ dessert pie 2%
Custard 2%
Quiche 1%
Rhubarb 1%
Mincemeat (or mince) pie 1%
Mississippi mud pie *
Other savory pie *
None 2%

Base: All adults. Note: Totals may not add to 100% because of rounding. Note: * indicates less than 0.5%.  The Harris Poll® tallied 2,178 U.S. adults aged 18+ surveyed online between March 6 and 8, 2017.

— h/t Harris Poll




Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.