Fort Wayne ‘Top 10’ in nation for fast food

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If you’ve ever looked around Fort Wayne and thought fast food restaurants seem to be nearly everywhere, you are correct.

At least that’s the word from an article from which puts the Summit City in 10th place, per capita, in the number of fast food restaurants in town.

We’ll let you decide if that’s good or bad.

According to the list, Fort Wayne has 110 fast food restaurants for its population of 265,904. That computes to one eatery per 2,417 people. 

Orlando, Florida is first with a fast food restaurant for every 1,058 residents. But c’mon, we all know the lines are inflated with hungry tourists. 

The article says fast food is especially strong in “mid-sized Midwest cities, tourist towns and Southern metros. Industrial cities with large blue-collar workforces and a rising millennial population.”

The list used only “10 of the nation’s most popular fast food chains – Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Hardee’s, In-N-Out Burger, KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Subway, Taco Bell and Wendy’s.”

Brian Carberry, Managing Editor of, says fast food “is traditionally cheaper and no frills” which could make it popular for no-nonsense folks in the Midwest or young families.

To read the full list, click here.

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