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States With the Most McDonald's and What It Means

It is worth noting that there is a growing obesity epidemic within the United States.
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From coast to coast, McDonald's is a familiar, if not iconic, brand. While its presence is global and ever-expanding, the United States is home to an exorbitant amount of Golden Arches; the restaurant chain has roughly 15,862 branches nationwide and over 33,000 globally, according to its website.

The Daily Meal compiled a list of states with the most McDonald's according to website, We have also compared the obesity rate statistics throughout the United States by using data from the "F as in Fat" project, produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health.

#5: New York
New York State has 767 McDonald's locations. New York is the fourth least obese state in the United States and has an obesity rate of 23.6 percent up from 20.9 percent in 2003 and from 9.3 percent in 1990. Manhattan is home to one of the most upscale McDonald's in the world, located at 160 Broadway. The outpost features a doorman, marble tables, a private dining room, grand piano, wait staff and live music. Click Here to see More of the States with the Most McDonald’s and What It MeansPhoto Credit: © Flickr / (vincent desjardins)
#4: Ohio
The state of Ohio has a high adult obesity rate of over 30 percent. It also has roughly 822 McDonald’s in the state. Many McDonald's across the country once offered the McPizza and one location in particular in Pomeroy, offered family sized and personal sized pizzas up until 2013. Photo Credit: © McDonald's
#3: Florida
Florida has 986 McDonald’s locations throughout the state. Its adult obesity rate is 25.2 percent up from 19.9 percent in 2003 and 11.4 percent in 1990. However, there are thirteen states in the U.S. that now have adult obesity rates over 30 percent. Florida is also home to one of the largest McDonald’s locations in the world in Orlando. The restaurant is shaped after a giant order their classic French fries. Photo Credit: © Flickr / NNECAPA Photo LibraryClick Here to see More of the States with the Most McDonald’s and What It Means
#2: Texas
Texas has 1225 McDonalds’ throughout the state. Its adult obesity rate is higher than states like California and comes in with 29.2 percent, which is up from 24.6 percent in 2003 and 10.7 percent in 1990. And according to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas is also facing an issue with growing childhood obesity, affecting children as early as grade school. Photo Credit: © McDonald’s
#1: California
California ranks first on our list with a whopping 1492 McDonald’s locations within the state. However, the state is the 11th least obese state in the nation. In terms of its obesity rates, its adult obesity rate is 25 percent up from 23.2 percent in 2003 and 9.9 percent in 1990. California is where the McDonald’s story first began. The founder Ray Kroc began his restaurant empire in San Bernardino in 1948 with a very limited menu with a few items such as burgers, fries, and beverages. Click Here to see More of the States with the Most McDonald’s and What It MeansPhoto Credit: © Flickr / Joits

While there is no direct link between the number of McDonald's locations within a state and the obesity rate for the state, it is worth noting that there is a growing obesity epidemic within the United States and states with higher numbers of McDonald's locations also tend to have higher obesity rates. Childhood obesity, in particular, has also grown as well with approximately 17 percent (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 years characterized as obese.

According to researchers at the University of Michigan, they have discovered that the risk of stroke increases with the predominance of fast-food restaurants in a neighborhood. The study highlighted the fact that Texas residents with the highest number of fast-food restaurants had a 13 percent higher relative risk of suffering strokes than those living in areas with the lowest number of restaurants. Each additional McDonald's, Jack in the Box or Taco Bell also increased the risk of stroke by 1 percent.

California ranks number one for having the most McDonald's within the state with a whopping 1492 locations. On the opposite end of the spectrum is North Dakota that has only 29 locations. Other states with few McDonald's include Alaska, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, D.C. and Wyoming, among others.

Coming in at number two on the list with the most outposts is Texas which has roughly 1225 McDonald's'. According to the Texas Department of State of Health Services, the increasing prevalence of overweight and obese children and adults is a growing and real concern for the state. It has even taken the step to provide an ongoing obesity prevention program that partners with partner with state and local organizations to promote science-based nutrition and physical activity interventions, policies and environmental changes to prevent and control obesity and overweight.

For the complete list of the states with the most McDonald's read on.

-- Kristen Oliveri, The Daily Meal

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