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Year of Plenty

Spokane is Ninth Most Fast-Food Saturated City in the Country


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. 


Year of Plenty

The Year of Plenty blog was created by Craig Goodwin in the winter of 2008 to chronicle the experiences of his family as they sought to consume everything local, used, homegrown or homemade. That journey was a wonderful introduction to people and movements in the Spokane area who are seeking the welfare of the community through local foods, farmers markets, community gardens, sustainable transportation, and more fulfilling and just patterns of consumption. In 2009 and beyond the blog will continue to report on these relationships and practices, all through the eyes of a family with young children. Craig manages the Millwood Farmers' Market, is a Master Food Preserver and Pastor at Millwood Presbyterian Church. Craig can be reached at