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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Whether you love fast food or can’t stand it, there’s no denying that it’s still widely consumed by Americans and people all over the globe.
Despite some of the food’s unhealthy labels, fast food can be cheap, convenient, and even tasty if you’re in a pinch. With fast food chains placed at nearly every corner, it’s easy to enter a drive-thru for a quick bite, but is there a favorite place for Floridians to grab some grub? Let’s find out.
To determine what Florida’s favorite fast-food restaurant is, sports betting network Betsperts took the top 30 from Wikipedia’s list of the largest fast-food restaurant chains, along with data collected from Data Infiniti to discover the number of restaurants per 10,000 people.
They then used Google’s Keyword Planner to find out the most popular chain in every state across the country.
In Florida’s case, the state didn’t seem to be that big on fast food. There are only a total of 3.3 fast-food restaurants per 10,000 people in the Sunshine State, the ninth lowest among all the states. Now, that doesn’t mean Florida doesn’t have a favorite chain, but the answer might come as a surprise.
In our state, Starbucks is the most popular place to grab a bite to eat or refuel with some caffeine. Surprisingly enough, the coffee chain is loved by a majority of the states in the U.S., so much that it’s considered to be America’s favorite fast food, according to Betsperts.
If you’re wondering how Starbucks, a chain known mostly for its coffee and not its food can de-thrown McDonald’s, it’s because they’re considered a fast-food restaurant by the study, as it abides by fast-food wage laws. The top five most populated states in America also have Starbucks as their most searched fast food location of choice.
To view the full study listing results for each state, as well as other results, visit Betsperts’ website here.