These States Have the Most Fast Food Restaurants in the Nation
A new analysis also looked at which fast food spot is most popular in each state.
Have you ever driven through your town and wondered at the number of fast food restaurants available to you? Depending on where you live, you might be overwhelmed with options, or feel like you are positively deprived of quick and delicious choices. Thanks to Betsperts, we now know which states have the most (and least) fast food options per capita.
Coming in at the number one spot is Alabama, which has 6.3 fast food restaurants per every 10,000 residents. That's nearly a full point higher than the second place state, Nebraska, which has 5.4 fast food restaurants per 10,000 people. Above, you can see the complete ranking. You'll notice that Kentucky, Nevada, Ohio, Arkansas, Kansas, and Iowa are all tied for 10th place spot.
The states with the fewest number of fast food restaurants per capita are all on the East Coast: New York, New Jersey, and Vermont.
The analysis also looked at which fast food restaurants were favored by each state, and there were some regional differences to account for there as well.
"Alabama was one of four states whose favorite fast food was Chick-fil-A," the Betsperts study showed. "Starbucks and McDonald's followed behind as the second and third most popular fast-food restaurants respectively."
Across the country, the most popular fast food chain is Starbucks, followed closely by McDonald's. In the entire world, the United States has the most fast food restaurants, and the most popular fast food chains in the world are McDonald's, Starbucks, and Domino's respectively.
How does your state compare?
Opheli Garcia Lawler is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @opheligarcia and Instagram @opheligarcia.