In case you haven't noticed (and you have) it's an election year. And if there's one thing a political candidate loves, it seems, it's a local fast-food joint. In that sense, politicians are just like the rest of us. We're a fast-food nation, though some cities are more burger-packed than others... by a lot.
If you live in one of the 50 cities on this list, congrats: Yours is one of the densest when it comes to fast-food options. Using the Census Bureau's count of limited-service restaurants across the country and population estimates from the same year, we've calculated the fast food density in every major metropolitan area in the United States. And then we ranked them.
The Census Bureau's limited-service restaurant category is more broad than some might expect. In addition to your standard McDonald's, Burger King and Taco Bell franchises, this data also includes fast-casual establishments like Chipotle, Lemonade and other counter-service eateries.
One city you won't find on this list: Arlington, Virginia, where then-President Barack Obama lunched with his vice president, 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden, at Ray's Hell Burger in 2009 (pictured here).