Thursday, August 4 2022

They may not always admit it, but apparently almost everyone in this country eats fast food at least once in a while – and some eat it much more often than that. About a third of Americans (including children) eat fast food every day, according to industry sources, and statistics suggest that 83% of American families eat fast food (at restaurants or takeout) at least once a week.

The assembly line fare these places serve, often made with marginal quality ingredients and almost always overloaded with sodium and saturated fat, is hardly healthy. Regular consumption of hamburgers, fried chicken, tacos and other such staples has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and even depression. (These are the unhealthiest items from the most popular fast food chains.)

On the other hand, people sometimes have a hard time resisting a Big Mac, a bucket of Kentucky Fried Wings, or a Crunchwrap Supreme, and it probably won’t do them much harm as long as it’s just casual.

As with just about anything else, however, the specifics of the type of fast food people prefer vary from state to state.

To determine the most popular fast food chain in each state, 24/7 Tempo reviewed “Most Popular Fast Food by State”, published by Top Data, part of international branding, marketing and public relations firm Top Agency. Top Data analyzed consumer tracking data as an indicator of visits to each chain’s establishments in June 2022. Alaska and Hawaii did not have data.

The most popular chain in the most states turns out to be Chick-fil-A, which holds the top spot in 10 states. Close behind is Smashburger, the favorite in eight states. Unsurprisingly, Southern California-based cult favorite In-N-Out Burger reigns supreme in its home state and three other western states.

Whataburger, founded in Corpus Christi and headquartered in San Antonio, is perhaps less expected to not be the favorite in Texas – A&W is. Florida, however, likes Whataburger best. (These are the best burgers you can find in a fast food restaurant.)

Click here to see the most popular fast food chain in each state

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