No matter which state you live in, from Alaska to Hawaii and beyond, there’s no shortage of fast-food restaurants. But residents of a certain state have more options per capita than the other 49. Alabama, the home of the Crimson Tide, comes in at No. 1 with 6.3 restaurants per 10,000 residents, according to a recent report from web data company Datafiniti.
Nebraska comes in second, with 5.4 restaurants per 10,000 residents, closely followed by West Virginia and Oklahoma at 5.3 locations per 10,000 people.
But you won’t be so spoiled for choice in Vermont, which took the last spot on the list, with just 1.9 fast-food restaurants per 10,000 people. New Jersey is second-to-the-last with 2.0 locations per 10,000 residents, and then New York and Mississippi at 2.1 locations per 10,000 people.
According to the report, southern and central states have the highest rate of fast-food eateries per capita, with the eastern part of the country coming in last with the fewest of these eateries per 10,000 residents. (Southern state Mississippi –and neighbor to No. 1 Alabama — is a surprise in the bottom 10, especially considering the two states share a border.)
The report also broke things down by major cities, and to no surprise, prominent tourist destinations were well-represented. Theme-park haven Orlando tops the city list, with gamblers’ paradise Las Vegas in third. (Cincinnati, not quite as much of a tourist draw, is second.) The Big Apple, New York City, has the smallest number of fast-food stops per person.
And just which restaurants are everywhere? Two chains dominate the list, with Subway owning 18.5 percent of the data set, and McDonald’s at 11.3 percent (Burger King is No. 3, but distant, as just 5.7 percent of the fast-food locations are home to the Whopper.) And if the Golden Arches of McDonald’s are your preference, Orlando is a good place to eat, as that city has 20.9 McD’s per 100,000 residents (not 10,000 as in the other stats). While you’re waiting for those famous fries, peruse these 25 things you didn’t know about your favorite fast-food chains.
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper