These are the biggest fast-food chains in America

Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesThere are more Subways in the US than any other fast-food chain.

  • Research firm Datafiniti recently released a list of the largest fast-food chains in the United States, based on how many locations each has in the country.
  • The study found that Subway is the largest chain. Its locations account for 18.5% of all fast-food restaurants in the US.
  • McDonald’s,Burger King, and Taco Bell are also among the largest fast-food chains in the US.

It’s true: there are a lot of Subway restaurants in the United States.

Research firm Datafiniti recently looked into which fast-food chains have the most locations nationally, and how the size of each fast-food chain compares to the total number of fast-food establishments in the US. To see what percentage of all fast-food restaurants a particular chain makes up, Datafiniti divided the number of restaurants in each chain by the total number of fast-food restaurants in the US.

As it turns out, Subway restaurants account for 18.5% of all US fast-food restaurants, with McDonald’s not too far behind at 11.3%. Together, the two restaurants dominate the fast-food industry – the nearest runner-up is Burger King, which accounts for only 5.7% of all fast-food restaurants in the US.

See where other fast-food chains fall among the ranks:

20. Whataburger

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0.6% of fast-food chains

19. Five Guys

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0.7% of fast-food chains

18. Carl’s Jr.

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1% of fast-food chains

17. Panda Express

1.1% of fast-food chains

16. Chipotle

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1.3% of fast-food chains

15. Chick-fil-A

1.6% of fast-food chains

14. Jack in the Box

1.7% of fast-food chains

13. Jimmy John’s

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2% of fast-food chains

12. Hardee’s


2.6% of fast-food chains

11. Sonic Drive-In


2.7% of fast-food chains

10. Arby’s


2.9% of fast-food chains

9. Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen

2.9% of fast-food chains

8. KFC

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3% of fast-food chains

7. Domino’s Pizza


4% of fast-food chains

6. Wendy’s


4.4% of fast-food chains

5. Pizza Hut

5% of fast-food chains

4. Taco Bell

Taco Bell

5.3% of fast-food chains

3. Burger King

5.7% of fast-food chains

2. McDonald’s


11.3% of fast-food chains

1. Subway

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18.5% of fast-food chains

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