These are the biggest fast-food chains in America

There are more Subways in the US than any other fast-food chain.

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There are more Subways in the US than any other fast-food chain.
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  • 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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Sarah Jacobs

0.6% of fast-food chains


19. Five Guys

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Hollis Johnson

0.7% of fast-food chains


18. Carl’s Jr.

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Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

1% of fast-food chains


17. Panda Express

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Reuters

1.1% of fast-food chains


16. Chipotle

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Hollis Johnson

1.3% of fast-food chains


15. Chick-fil-A

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Facebook/Chick-fil-A

1.6% of fast-food chains


14. Jack in the Box

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Facebook/Jack in the Box

1.7% of fast-food chains


13. Jimmy John’s

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Facebook/Jimmy John’s

2% of fast-food chains


12. Hardee’s

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Facebook/Hardee’s

2.6% of fast-food chains


11. Sonic Drive-In

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Sonic

2.7% of fast-food chains


10. Arby’s

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Arby’s

2.9% of fast-food chains


9. Dairy Queen

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Dairy Queen

2.9% of fast-food chains


8. KFC

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David Silverman/Getty Images

3% of fast-food chains


7. Domino’s Pizza

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Domino’s

4% of fast-food chains


6. Wendy’s

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Facebook/Wendy’s

4.4% of fast-food chains


5. Pizza Hut

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Facebook / Pizza Hut

5% of fast-food chains


4. Taco Bell

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Taco Bell

5.3% of fast-food chains


3. Burger King

5.7% of fast-food chains


2. McDonald’s

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McDonald’s

11.3% of fast-food chains


1. Subway

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

18.5% of fast-food chains