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  • Most fast food friendly states in America
    1/ KFC // Business Wire

    Most fast food friendly states in America

    When it comes to grabbing a quick bite, diners now have more options than ever before. Fast-casual concepts like Chipotle and Dig Inn offer speedy but sustainably sourced options while classic fast food powerhouses like McDonald’s and Starbucks continue to transform their menus to cater to every meal of the day.

    To find the state with the best dining scenes for speedy eaters, we’ve ranked all 50 states by the number of limited-service restaurants per capita based on September 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Limited-service restaurants are restaurants where you typically order at a counter and can expect to receive your meal quickly. Including traditional fast food, fast-casual concepts, and some establishments in the café and pizza space, limited-service restaurants can encompass a wide variety of dining experiences but all share the theme of convenience and affordability

    We’ve picked out famous food spots that originated in each state to help guide you on your culinary tour of America’s speed-dining spots. Read on to discover where your state ranks for fast food friendliness.

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  • #50. Alaska
    2/ Slim Chickens

    #50. Alaska

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 5.5
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 407
    - Population: 737,438

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Alaska: Slim Chickens

  • #49. Arizona
    3/ Cold Stone Creamery

    #49. Arizona

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 5.8
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 4,132
    - Population: 7,171,646

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Arizona: Cold Stone Creamery, Federico's Mexican Food

  • #48. Michigan
    4/ Domino's

    #48. Michigan

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 5.9
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 5,913
    - Population: 9,995,915

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Michigan: Domino's, Little Caesars

  • #47. Wyoming
    5/ Taco John's

    #47. Wyoming

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.0
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 349
    - Population: 577,737

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Wyoming: Taco John's

  • #46. Vermont
    6/ Pxhere

    #46. Vermont

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.1
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 384
    - Population: 626,299

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Vermont: Ben & Jerry's

  • #45. Wisconsin
    7/ Culver's

    #45. Wisconsin

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.2
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 3,594
    - Population: 5,813,568

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Wisconsin: Culver's, Cousins Subs, Erbert & Gerbert's

  • #44. Washington
    8/ John Anderson // Wikicommons

    #44. Washington

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.5
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 4,869
    - Population: 7,535,591

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Washington: Starbucks

  • #43. North Dakota
    9/ Burger Time

    #43. North Dakota

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.5
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 497
    - Population: 760,077

    - Famous food establishments with origins in North Dakota: Burger Time

  • #42. South Dakota
    10/ Cluckin' Good Chicken

    #42. South Dakota

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.7
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 588
    - Population: 882,235

    - Famous food establishments with origins in South Dakota: Cluckin' Good Chicken (formerly Bob's Carryout and Delivery)

  • #41. New Mexico
    11/ John Phelan // Wikicommons

    #41. New Mexico

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.7
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 1,409
    - Population: 2,095,428

    - Famous food establishments with origins in New Mexico: Blake's Lotaburger

  • #40. Idaho
    12/ Fanci Freez

    #40. Idaho

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.8
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 1,198
    - Population: 1,754,208

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Idaho: Fanci Freez

  • #39. Texas
    13/ Whataburger

    #39. Texas

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.8
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 19,607
    - Population: 28,701,845

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Texas: Whataburger, Taco Bueno, Church's Chicken, Cicis

  • #38. Iowa
    14/ Maid-Rite

    #38. Iowa

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.9
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 2,169
    - Population: 3,156,145

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Iowa: Maid-Rite, Pizza Ranch

  • #37. Florida
    15/ Miosotis Jade // Wikicommons

    #37. Florida

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.9
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 14,703
    - Population: 21,299,325

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Florida: Burger King

  • #36. Montana
    16/ Jennifer S. // Foursquare

    #36. Montana

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.0
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 743
    - Population: 1,062,305

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Montana: Ford's Drive In

  • #35. South Carolina
    17/ Rush's

    #35. South Carolina

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.1
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 3,598
    - Population: 5,084,127

    - Famous food establishments with origins in South Carolina: Rush's, Zesto of West Columbia

  • #34. Minnesota
    18/ Dino's Mediterranean Fresh

    #34. Minnesota

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.1
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 3,981
    - Population: 5,611,179

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Minnesota: Dino's Mediterranean Fresh

  • #33. Maine
    19/ Gifford's Famous Ice Cream

    #33. Maine

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.1
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 955
    - Population: 1,338,404

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Maine: Gifford's Famous Ice Cream

  • #32. Kansas
    20/ Sanjay Acharya // Wikicommons

    #32. Kansas

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.2
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 2,105
    - Population: 2,911,505

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Kansas: Pizza Hut, White Castle

  • #31. Oklahoma
    21/ Kevin - KB35 // Wikicommons

    #31. Oklahoma

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.2
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 2,855
    - Population: 3,943,079

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Oklahoma: Sonic

  • #30. Missouri
    22/ Miosotis Jade // Wikicommons

    #30. Missouri

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.3
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 4,446
    - Population: 6,126,452

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Missouri: Panera Bread, Lion's Choice

  • #29. Illinois
    23/ Bruce Marlin // Wikicommons

    #29. Illinois

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.3
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 9,359
    - Population: 12,741,080

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Illinois: McDonald's, Dairy Queen, Jimmy John's, Steak 'n Shake

  • #28. Connecticut
    24/ Vladis159 // Wikicommons

    #28. Connecticut

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.4
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 2,629
    - Population: 3,572,665

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Connecticut: Subway

  • #27. Indiana
    25/ Mr. Blue MauMau // Flickr

    #27. Indiana

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.4
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 4,942
    - Population: 6,691,878

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Indiana: Papa John's

  • #26. California
    26/ Rach // Flickr

    #26. California

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.5
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 29,577
    - Population: 39,557,045

    - Famous food establishments with origins in California: In-N-Out, Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, Panda Express, Carl's Jr., Del Taco

  • #25. New Jersey
    27/ Paul Sableman // Flickr

    #25. New Jersey

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.5
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 6,675
    - Population: 8,908,520

    - Famous food establishments with origins in New Jersey: Blimpie

  • #24. North Carolina
    28/ Bojangles

    #24. North Carolina

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.5
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 7,783
    - Population: 10,383,620

    - Famous food establishments with origins in North Carolina: Bojangles, Cook Out, Hardee's

  • #23. Colorado
    29/ Michael Saechang // Flickr

    #23. Colorado

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.5
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 4,296
    - Population: 5,695,564

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Colorado: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Qdoba, Quiznos

  • #22. Pennsylvania
    30/ Auntie Anne's

    #22. Pennsylvania

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.5
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 9,668
    - Population: 12,807,060

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Pennsylvania: Auntie Anne’s

  • #21. Nebraska
    31/ Runza

    #21. Nebraska

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.6
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 1,462
    - Population: 1,929,268

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Nebraska: Runza

  • #20. Oregon
    32/ Papa Murphy's

    #20. Oregon

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.6
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 3,182
    - Population: 4,190,713

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Oregon: Papa Murphy's

  • #19. Delaware
    33/ Wings To Go

    #19. Delaware

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.6
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 735
    - Population: 967,171

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Delaware: Wings To Go

  • #18. Tennessee
    34/ GoToVan // Wikicommons

    #18. Tennessee

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.7
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 5,201
    - Population: 6,770,010

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Tennessee: Krispy Kreme, Krystal, Captain D's

  • #17. Arkansas
    35/ David's Burgers

    #17. Arkansas

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.7
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 2,316
    - Population: 3,013,825

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Arkansas: David's Burgers

  • #16. Kentucky
    36/ 8th.creator // Shutterstock

    #16. Kentucky

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.7
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 3,445
    - Population: 4,468,402

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Kentucky: KFC, Long John Silver's, Rally's (of Checkers and Rally's)

  • #15. Massachusetts
    37/ Dunkin' Donuts

    #15. Massachusetts

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.7
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 5,326
    - Population: 6,902,149

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Massachusetts: Dunkin' Donuts, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Boston Market

  • #14. Utah
    38/ Iceburger Drive Inn

    #14. Utah

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.7
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 2,444
    - Population: 3,161,105

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Utah: Iceburger Drive Inn

  • #13. Virginia
    39/ Jerry Huddleston // Flickr

    #13. Virginia

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.7
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 6,600
    - Population: 8,517,685

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Virginia: Five Guys

  • #12. West Virginia
    40/ Davidny // Wikicommons

    #12. West Virginia

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.8
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 1,405
    - Population: 1,805,832

    - Famous food establishments with origins in West Virginia: Tudor's Biscuit World

  • #11. Georgia
    41/ J. Reed // Wikicommons

    #11. Georgia

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.9
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 8,295
    - Population: 10,519,475

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Georgia: Chic-fil-A, Waffle House, Zaxby's

  • #10. Rhode Island
    42/ Ericci8996 // Wikicommons

    #10. Rhode Island

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 8.2
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 865
    - Population: 1,057,315

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Rhode Island: Del's Frozen Lemonade, Walt's Roast Beef, Olneyville New York System

  • #9. New Hampshire
    43/ Moe’s Italian Sandwiches

    #9. New Hampshire

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 8.2
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 1,110
    - Population: 1,356,458

    - Famous food establishments with origins in New Hampshire: Moe’s Italian Sandwiches

  • #8. Mississippi
    44/ Bumpers Drive-In of America

    #8. Mississippi

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 8.2
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 2,445
    - Population: 2,986,530

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Mississippi: Bumpers Drive-In of America

  • #7. Louisiana
    45/ Jami430 // Wikicommons

    #7. Louisiana

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 8.2
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 3,827
    - Population: 4,659,978

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Louisiana: Raising Cane's, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

  • #6. Ohio
    46/ Mike Mozart // Flickr

    #6. Ohio

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 8.2
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 9,640
    - Population: 11,689,442

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Ohio: Wendy's, Arby's

  • #5. Nevada
    47/ Alex A. // Foursquare

    #5. Nevada

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 8.5
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 2,574
    - Population: 3,034,392

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Nevada: Don Tortaco

  • #4. New York
    48/ m01229 // Wikicommons

    #4. New York

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 8.8
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 17,207
    - Population: 19,542,209

    - Famous food establishments with origins in New York: Shake Shack, Sbarro

  • #3. Maryland
    49/ Jerry’s Subs and Pizza

    #3. Maryland

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 8.8
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 5,331
    - Population: 6,042,718

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Maryland: Jerry’s Subs and Pizza

  • #2. Alabama
    50/ Milo's Hamburgers

    #2. Alabama

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 8.9
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 4,341
    - Population: 4,887,871

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Alabama: Milo's Hamburgers, Checkers (of Checkers and Rally's), Jack's

  • #1. Hawaii
    51/ Zippy's

    #1. Hawaii

    - Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 9.9
    - Total number of limited-service restaurants: 1,404
    - Population: 1,420,491

    - Famous food establishments with origins in Hawaii: Zippy's

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