Fast Food Chains in the U.S. Maps

The maps of the United States shown below illustrate the state of the fast food industry in the country for the year 2017. 

These were made in response to the data published in that year by Business Insider (BI), which we at Wondering Maps also covered here, saying that chicken shack Chick-Fil-A is the most visited fast food chain in terms of Foursquare check-ins. In his blog for Factual, Michael Bilow believes that this data, along with its accompanying map, is inaccurate and does not represent fast food chains “with the highest total footfall”.

The true most popular fast food chain? McDonald’s. Apparently, all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) visit Mickey D’s the most, as tabulated by Factual’s Observation Graph.

The Second-Most Popular Fast Food Chains in the U.S.

Map by Factual

There are nine fast food chains indicated on the map. Subway, known for its healthy submarine sandwiches, leads the number-two pack. Twelve U.S. states, mostly located in the north, as well as D.C., visit the sandwich chain regularly. Burger chains Sonic (8 states), Wendy’s (7), and Burger King (7) follow suit.

Fast Food Chains with the Highest Footfall per Restaurant

Map by Factual

In terms of the highest number of customers in one particular branch, Chick-Fil-A comes out on top. The leading fast food chain in the aforementioned BI report, one branch of Chick-Fil-A each in twenty U.S. states attracts more people than any other fast food location. The other leading chains in this category include McDonald’s (11 states), Panda Express (5), and In-N-Out Burger (4). Eight more fast food companies are also marked on the map above.

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