By Stacey Leasca
July 21, 2018
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It’s no secret Americans love fast food. They all want it quick, they want it cheap, and they probably want it with cheese. But, according to a new study, there is one state that loves its Whoppers, Chicken McNuggets, and Burrito Supremes more than any other.

According to a study by Datafiniti, the residents of Alabama enjoy more fast food restaurants than any other state, with 6.3 restaurants per 10,000 residents. Nebraska and West Virginia followed closely behind with 5.4 and 5.3 restaurants per 10,000 residents, respectively.

Datafiniti further explained, eight of the top ten states for most fast food restaurants per capita can be found in the South, while the Northeast is a fast food desert, with Vermont, New Jersey, and New York coming in as the three states with the least fast food restaurants per capita. In fact, Montpelier, Vermont, the state’s capital, is the only capital city in America without a McDonalds in it.

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Furthermore, the study found that fast food chains in central and southern states far outnumber those on both the west and east coasts. As Reader’s Digest noted, this sort of makes sense when you consider the number of regional chains that can only be found in the area, including Bojangles’, Whataburger, and Jack’s.

And honestly, this influx of fast food restaurants around the nation should come as little surprise. After all, in 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one in three American children eat at least once from fast food restaurants every single day. In fact, on an average day, 16.9 percent of calories children between the ages of 12-19 ate come from fast food.

As to what people are eating, Datafiniti found that it’s likely Subway or McDonalds, as those two brands make up more than a quarter of all fast food restaurants in the nation.

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