Map by Xiaofan Liang, GeorgiaTech; Citation: Liang, X., & Andris, C. (2021). Measuring McCities: Landscapes of chain and independent restaurants in the United States. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, 49(2), 585-602.

America’s Chain and Independent Restaurants

This map shows about 705,000 U.S. restaurants. Each restaurant is given a “frequency” value showing how many locations it has. The maximum frequency restaurant, Subway, has 24,333 locations. There are about 310,000 restaurants with only one location. Learn more about this project and the data here.

Note: The actual location of these restaurants may be slightly different than represented and some restaurants are removed for quicker rendering.

Chainness by color

1-50 outlets
51-24333 outlets

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