The State With The Most Fast Food Restaurants Might Surprise You

According to Biz Journals, the state award with largest fast food chain goes to…Kentucky. When it comes to land mass and population, Kentucky is in the middle of the pack compared to other states. However, this southern state is a champion in other ways. Namely, it is home to many fast food headquarters including Texas Roadhouse, Papa John’s, and Yum! Brands (via Zippia). The Yum! The brand’s umbrella includes three of America’s largest fast-food chains, including KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Taco Bell and Pizza Hut are the sixth and seventh largest fast food chains in the United States, respectively, while KFC slips to twelfth place, as noted by QSR Magazine. Is it a stroke of luck? We think not!

According to Biz Journals, the fast-food state has “4.12 fast-food chains per 10,000 residents,” a marked difference from California’s “nearly 3 fast-food chains per 10,000 residents.” While Kentucky residents may appreciate having a fast food chain on every corner, there may also be downsides to the accessibility of these restaurants. Fast food isn’t the healthiest choice, and Kentucky is the state with the nation’s fifth-highest obesity rate, according to US News and World Report, while the CDC found its residents had a high death rate from heart disease.

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