Number of establishments in the United States fast food industry from 2004 to 2018*

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This statistic shows the number of establishments in the United States fast food industry from 2004 to 2018. In 2013 there were 232,611 establishments in the U.S. fast food industry.
Fast food establishments in the U.S. - additional information

The number of fast food establishments in the United States peaked in 2007 at almost 218,000 units and, as the industry recovered from the global recession, this number was soon exceeded in 2010. By 2018, the number was forecast to reach 247,191. Around half of the number of fast food units in the U.S. is made up of quick-service franchise establishments. In 2012, Subway had the most units in the U.S., with 25,549 stores, followed by McDonald’s and Starbucks.

The revenue of the U.S. fast food industry was set to reach over 200 billion U.S. dollars in 2014. It was estimated that the industry would employ more than 4.1 million people at an average of 12.73 staff members per establishment. In the same year, it was forecast that the U.S. fast food industry would pay 51.41 billion U.S. dollars in wages to its employees.

In 2013, McDonald’s was by far the most valuable fast food brand in the world. Worth over 90 billion U.S. dollars, it exceeded its closest competitor, Starbucks, by more than 72 billion U.S. dollars in brand value. In 2013, McDonald’s generated 8.85 billion U.S. dollars in revenue, not even a third of its 28 billion U.S. dollars worldwide revenue. The company had 14,278 establishments in the U.S. and employed approximately 440,000 people worldwide.

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Release date
May 2013
United States
Survey time period
2004 to 2018
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* The fast food industry is composed of restaurants where patrons pay before eating. Purchases may be consumed on-site, taken out or delivered. The data for 2014 to 2018 represent a forecast.

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