The Daily Beast has run the numbers and Spokane has cracked the top ten on the dubious list of most fast-food saturated cities in the country.
The Daily Beast asked independent data collector AggData to compile the total number of fast-food locations of the nation’s 30 largest chains in nearly 500 cities. The list of the 30 largest fast-food chain restaurants was provided by Technomic, a food-industry research firm. Our final list was limited to cities with a population of at least 200,000, according to the U.S. Census, and was ranked based on total locations per 100,000 residents.
Here are the stats for Spokane
Total fast food restaurants: 158
Fast food restaurants per 100,000 residents: 77.7
Most prominent chain: Subway
Maybe this explains why the annual Inlander "Best of" reader poll usually turns up with Papa John's as the best pizza, Burger King as the best burger, and Starbucks as the best coffee. I say we embrace our fast food identity this year. Go over to the Inlander's "Best of 2011" voting booth and vote only for national chains.