Map proves fast food is everywhere

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USDA Economic Research Service

How close are you to the nearest fast food joint?  If you're Southern California, Florida and northern Maine, you probably can't escape them.

A new per capita distribution map of fast food restaurants around the U.S., compiled by the USDA’s updated Food Environment Atlas, shows where these eateries are most concentrated.

Not surprisingly, if you live somewhere in the lower 48 states, the chances that you’re close to some burgers and fries are pretty good. In rural Montana and the Dakotas, patches of beige indicate zero proximity to a fast food restaurant—but those areas are sparsely populated.

The USDA’s Food Environment Atlas contains several updated maps including access and proximity to grocery stores around the country, as well as maps that correspond to measures of health and physical fitness.