With more than 14,000 locations throughout the country, McDonald's is one of the most ubiquitous restaurant in the U.S. Its golden arches stretch across the country, from North Pole, Alaska (yes, it really does exist) to Roswell, New Mexico. Given its wide array of locations, it's no surprise that so many Americans go to McDonald's. In a 2016 survey, nearly eight in 10 Americans reported visiting a McDonald's in the past year.
But not all McDonald's are created equal; some franchises go the extra mile to make each restaurant a special dining experience. With that in mind, FindTheHome, a real estate intelligence site powered by Graphiq, found the best places for McDonald's in the U.S.
Using data from Yelp, FindTheHome calculated an aggregate McDonald's Score for all cities with more than 100,000 people. The score considers the number of McDonald's restaurants in a city, the percentage of McDonald's rated with four or more stars (out of a possible five stars) and the average Yelp rating of McDonald's restaurants compared to the average rating of all restaurants in the city. Cities were then ranked on this aggregate score to find the "McDonald's Capitals" of America.
Generally speaking, McDonald's are rarely rated a four or higher. In fact, in the 50 cities on this list, only one McDonald's earned the distinction of having a Yelp rating above four (it's in San Francisco). Because of this, the ranking mostly considers overall prevalence and quality relative to other foods.
Whether you're craving a Big Mac or an Egg McMuffin, these cities will satisfy your McDonald's itch.
Note: Ties are broken by the average rating of McDonald's restaurants, then by the total number of restaurants.