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Most fast food-friendly states in America

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    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 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 traditonal 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

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 5.0
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 370
    Population: 739,795

    Famous food establishments with origins in Alaska: Slim Chickens

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    #49. Arizona

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 5.5
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 3,829
    Population: 7,016,270

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

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    #48. Michigan

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 5.7
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 5,649
    Population: 9,962,311

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

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    #47. Wyoming

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 5.9
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 344
    Population: 579,315

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

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    #46. Wisconsin

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.1
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 3,507
    Population: 5,795,483

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

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    #45. Vermont

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.2
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 384
    Population: 623,657

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

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    #44. North Dakota

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.4
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 485
    Population: 755,393

    Famous food establishments with origins in North Dakota: Burger Time

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    #43. Washington

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.5
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 4,818
    Population: 7,405,743

    Famous food establishments with origins in Washington: Starbucks

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    #42. New Mexico

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.6
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 1,374
    Population: 2,088,070

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

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    #41. South Dakota

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.7
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 583
    Population: 869,666

    Famous food establishments with origins in South Dakota: Cluckin' Good Chicken (formerly Boby's Carrout and Delivery)

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    #40. Iowa

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.7
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 2,114
    Population: 3,145,711

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

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    #39. Montana

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.8
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 711
    Population: 1,050,493

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

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    #38. Texas

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.8
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 19,168
    Population: 28,304,596

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

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    #37. Florida

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.8
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 14,310
    Population: 20,984,400

    Famous food establishments with origins in Florida: Burger King

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    #36. Idaho

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.9
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 1,184
    Population: 1,716,943

    Famous food establishments with origins in Idaho: Fanci Freez

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    #35. South Carolina

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 6.9
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 3,465
    Population: 5,024,369

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

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    #34. Minnesota

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.0
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 3,909
    Population: 5,576,606

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

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    #33. Delaware

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.0
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 677
    Population: 961,939

    Famous food establishments with origins in Delaware: Wings To Go

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    #32. Connecticut

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.1
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 2,545
    Population: 3,588,184

    Famous food establishments with origins in Connecticut: Subway

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    #31. Maine

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.2
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 958
    Population: 1,335,907

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

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    #30. New Jersey

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.2
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 6,509
    Population: 9,005,644

    Famous food establishments with origins in New Jersey: Blimpie

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    #29. Indiana

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.2
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 4,822
    Population: 6,666,818

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

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    #28. Missouri

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.2
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 4,430
    Population: 6,113,532

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

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    #27. California

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.3
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 28,673
    Population: 39,536,653

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

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    #26. Kansas

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.3
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 2,119
    Population: 2,913,123

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

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    #25. Illinois

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.3
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 9,340
    Population: 12,802,023

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

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    #24. Oklahoma

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.3
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 2,876
    Population: 3,930,864

    Famous food establishments with origins in Oklahoma: Sonic

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    #23. Arkansas

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.4
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 2,225
    Population: 3,004,279

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

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    #22. Nebraska

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.4
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 1,426
    Population: 1,920,076

    Famous food establishments with origins in Nebraska: Runza

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    #21. Pennsylvania

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.5
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 9,578
    Population: 12,805,537

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

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    #20. North Carolina

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.5
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 7,720
    Population: 10,273,419

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

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    #19. West Virginia

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.6
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 1,371
    Population: 1,815,857

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

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    #18. Tennessee

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.6
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 5,076
    Population: 6,715,984

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

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    #17. Georgia

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.6
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 7,934
    Population: 10,429,379

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

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    #16. Oregon

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.6
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 3,161
    Population: 4,142,776

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

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    #15. Kentucky

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.6
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 3,406
    Population: 4,454,189

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

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    #14. Colorado

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.7
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 4,318
    Population: 5,607,154

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

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    #13. Utah

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.7
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 2,391
    Population: 3,101,833

    Famous food establishments with origins in Utah: Iceburger Drive Inn

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    #12. Virginia

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.7
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 6,537
    Population: 8,470,020

    Famous food establishments with origins in Virginia: Five Guys

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    #11. Louisiana

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.8
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 3,669
    Population: 4,684,333

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

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    #10. Massachusetts

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 7.9
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 5,439
    Population: 6,859,819

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

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    #9. Mississippi

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 8.0
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 2,395
    Population: 2,984,100

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

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    #8. Ohio

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 8.1
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 9,458
    Population: 11,658,609

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

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    #7. Rhode Island

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 8.1
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 861
    Population: 1,059,639

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

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    #6. New Hampshire

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 8.3
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 1,117
    Population: 1,342,795

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

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    #5. Nevada

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 8.5
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 2,541
    Population: 2,998,039

    Famous food establishments with origins in Nevada: Don Tortaco

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    #4. New York

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 8.5
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 16,870
    Population: 19,849,399

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

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    #3. Alabama

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 8.6
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 4,216
    Population: 4,874,747

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

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    #2. Maryland

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 8.8
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 5,341
    Population: 6,052,177

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

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    #1. Hawaii

    Limited-service restaurants per 10k people: 9.5
    Total number of limited-service restaurants: 1,352
    Population: 1,427,538

    Famous food establishments with origins in Hawaii: Zippy's

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