McDonald's - Statistics & Facts

McDonald’s was founded in California, United States, in 1940 when brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald opened their first barbeque restaurant. The restaurant was transformed eight years later by a production line system that rolled out burgers and in a quick-service style similar to the one we know today. However, a few items have since been added to the menu, including, chicken products, breakfast items, soft drinks, milkshakes, wraps, and desserts. These days, McDonald's is the largest quick-service restaurant organization in the world. The famous golden arches have become a familiar spectacle in towns and cities all over the globe and the company has the highest brand value of any global quick service chain at over 130 billion U.S. dollars.

The publicly traded company generated almost 22 billion U.S. dollars in revenue in 2019. Over half of its revenue in 2019 was generated through franchised restaurants (11.66 billion U.S. dollars) and the rest through company-operated restaurants (9.42 billion U.S. dollars). The United States has long been one of McDonald’s biggest markets with nearly eight billion U.S. dollars in revenue in 2019. In that year, over 38 thousand McDonald’s restaurants were in operation worldwide, of which around 14 thousand were located in the United States alone.

McDonald's has more than a couple of famous menu items, some of which are the "Happy Meal", the "McFlurry", and the "Big Mac". The price of the "Big Mac" is also used as an indicator for the purchasing power of an economy through the "Big Mac Index" - published annually by the Economist since 1986. Despite this perceived popularity, McDonald’s received an American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) score of 69 in 2019, which was 10 points below the limited-service industry average of 79. Showing that while McDonald's dominates the market in terms of revenue, the quality offered by its competitors has overtaken the fast food behemoth.

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 28 most important statistics relating to "McDonald's".


Dossier on the topic

All important statistics are prepared by our experts – available for direct download as PPT & PDF!

Important key figures

The most important key figures provide you with a compact summary of the topic of "McDonald's" and take you straight to the corresponding statistics.

McDonald's financial figures

McDonald's in the U.S.

Interesting Statista reports

  • Statista Digital Market Outlook - Segment Report
  • Statista Industry Report - NAICS Code 722


Get in touch with us. We are happy to help.

Statista Locations
ContactEsther Shaulova
Esther Shaulova
Operations Manager– Contact (United States)

Mon - Fri, 9am - 6pm (EST)

ContactZiyan Zhang
Ziyan Zhang
Customer Relations– Contact (Asia)

Mon - Fri, 11:30am - 10pm (IST)

ContactLodovica Biagi
Lodovica Biagi
Director of Operations– Contact (Europe)

Mon - Fri, 9:30am - 5pm (GMT)

ContactCatalina Rodriguez
Catalina Rodriguez
Key Account Manager - LATAM– Contact (Latin America)

Mon - Fri, 9am - 6pm (EST)