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This Map Shows the Most Popular Fast Food Restaurant in Every State

Every region of America has a fast food chain most associated with it. On the West Coast, you have In-N-Out. In the Midwest, you have Culver's. In the South, you have Chik-Fil-A. And so on. But just because a fast food restaurant is associated with a state doesn't mean it's everybody's favorite.

Business Insider attempted (note, I said attempted) to determine every state's most popular fast food restaurant. To do so, they looked at the app FourSquare, which is similar to Yelp, and took the average of visits to each fast food chain and divided it by the number of locations that chain has in that state. If that sounds like a bizarre methodology to you, wait until you see the results:

most popular fast food chain map

What's Wrong with this Fast Food Restaurant Map?

Now usually with these maps, I go through and type out every state's most popular fast food chain. But considering that would require me to just type "Chik-Fil-A" about 40 times, I don't think that's worth it.

Obviously there's something screwy about these results. Chik-Fil-A is definitely delicious fast food, but to say that it's the most popular fast food restaurant in nearly every state is ridiculous. And then there's the states that don't have Chik-Fil-A number one. California's most popular fast food restaurant is apparently "Raising Cane's," a fried chicken chain that's most popular in the South. As someone who lived in LA for two years, I never once saw a Cane's in California.

And then Kansas' favorite fast food restaurant is apparently Culver's. For those who don't know, Culver's is a burger chain that originates in Wisconsin. If you drive through Wisconsin, every highway exit will have a Culver's. But apparently Chik-Fil-A is more popular in the Cheese state, but Kansas can't get enough of it!

And people were flabbergasted that In-N-Out won in Texas. Whataburger is a basically a religion down there. People in Texas were flipping out on social media.

The issue is that Business Insider divided visits by number of locations, so fast food restaurants with only a few locations in a state that are really popular won out over the chains that are all over a state.

So, yeah. Maybe let's just pretend this map doesn't exist.


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