Number of Fast Food Restaurants By County (2007)

Data Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service

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When people all over the world are looking for a quick, easy meal to grab on the go, fast food is the common solution. With the efficient service, low prices, and casual atmosphere, fast food seems like the ideal “all-American” choice. In fact, over 25 percent of Americans consume fast food every day. According to this Google map, there are close to 50,000 fast food chains across the United States, with McDonalds being the largest restaurant chain. In the world, there are more than 500,000 fast food places. Kids between the ages of 6 and 14 eat fast food 157,000,000 times every month. Ninety-six percent of kids in school could recognize an image of Ronald McDonald, the face of McDonalds. The only recognizable figure that ranked higher was Santa Claus. To top it off, Americans spend nearly $100 billion on fast food every year.

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