Visualizing America’s Most Popular Fast Food Chains


This post is by Carmen Ang from Visual Capitalist


Most Popular Fast Food Joints in the U.S.

Visualizing America’s Most Popular Fast Food Chains

Fast food is big business in America. From national chains to regional specialties, the industry was worth $331.4 billion as of June 2022.

Which fast food brands are currently dominating this space? This graphic by Truman Du uses data from Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) Magazine to show the most popular fast food chains across America.

The Most Prevalent Fast Food Chains, by Store Count

Each year, QSR Magazine puts together a report that ranks America’s top 50 fast food chains. It uses a number of metrics to determine this, including total sales (which we’ve covered in a previous article), average-unit volume (AUVs), and growth figures.

For this graphic, Du zoomed in on a specific metric from the report—the number of stores that each fast food chain has across the country. Here are the top 50 chains, and the number of restaurants they each have across America:

RankBrandTotal U.S. Stores (2021)
1Subway21,147
2Starbucks15,450
3McDonald's13,438
4Dunkin'9,244
5Burger King7,105
6Taco Bell7,002
7Domino's6,560
8Pizza Hut6,548
9Wendy's5,938
10Dairy Queen4,339
11Little Caesars4,181
12KFC3,953
13Sonic Drive-in3,552
14Arby's3,409
15Papa Johns3,164
16Chipotle2,966
17Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen2,757
18Chick-Fil-A2,732
19Jimmy John's2,657
20Panda Express2,334
21Baskin-Robbins2,317
22Jack in the Box2,218
23Jersey Mike's2,100
24Panera Bread2,080
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