The Top Ten Chains:
1. Subway (26,887 stories)
Subway’s highest sales are in California, Texas, and Florida. The brand has suffered falling revenue recently, with some people pointing to over-expansion. At $12 billion in U.S. sales, it falls behind Starbucks ($16 billion) and well behind McDonald’s ($36 billion).
2. McDonald’s (13,813 stories)
The proportion of McDonald’s locations compared to the local population is remarkably consistent across the nation. Its per-capita presence in California is comparatively low, but due to its large population, California generates the most sales.
3. Starbucks (10,138 stories)
Heavily concentrated in urban areas around the U.S., especially in the west, Starbucks’ highest sales are in California, Texas, and New York.
4. Pizza Hut (7,581 stories)
Popular particularly in Kansas, the state of its founding, Pizza Hut is also proportionally common in western Oklahoma and northern Texas.
5. Dunkin’ Donuts (7,256 stories)
A northeastern powerhouse, the Boston brand’s highest sales are in New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.
6. Burger King (6,642 storries)
Strong particularly in the southeast, BK’s highest sales are in home state Florida, followed by California and New York.
7. Taco Bell (6,254 stories)
Taco Bell locations are proportionally more common in the Midwest, and are only sparsely represented in northern states and the mountainous west.
8. Domino’s (5,480 stories)
The proportional popularity of Domino’s is fairly consistent – except for an interesting dearth in the Appalachian region.
9. Wendy’s (5,250 stories)
Strong particularly in the midwest, Wendy’s highest sales are in Florida, home state Ohio, and New York.
10. KFC (4,900 stories)
KFC’s are proportionally popular in the inland Southeast, consistent with that region’s traditional love of fried foods.
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