Few topics provoke such fierce debate in America as fast food. But like it or not, the drive-thru has become more popular than ever with the economy going nowhere fast.
According to personal finance and business site bundle.com, some cities are particularly dependent on fast food as a source of quick, cheap calories. Looking at fast food sales in one hundred of the country's biggest cities, bundle.com found geographic trends in the popularity of McDonald's, Wendy's, KFC, Taco Bell, Subway, Pizza Hut, Arby's and Burger King. As it turns out, most of the more than $110 billion Americans annually spend on fast food is in cities in the South and the Midwest, not coastal cities, as shown by bundle's infographic.
In fact, nearly all of the fast food capitals are located in landlocked states -- Raleigh, North Carolina and Baton Rouge, Louisiana being the only exceptions. And for the ten cities where fast food is least popular, only Detroit isn't located near a coast.
Fast food sales would seem to have little with the density of fast food locations. Although Orlando, Florida is ranked 24th in bundle.com's list, it appears to be the uncontested king of certain fast food joints. The city boasts the most Burger Kings, KFCs, Pizza Huts and Taco Bells per 100,000 people of any city in the country.
With the recession still hurting American families across the country, low-income households can afford less healthy options. Indeed, a recent poll by Gallup finds that 4.5 million Americans ate less healthy this past May than they did a year before.
Here are the top ten cities that spend the most on fast food according to bundle.com.