States With the Most Taco Bells and What It Means (Slideshow)


10: New York, 199 Taco Bells

New York has the third highest population in the U.S. and the fourth highest Hispanic population. 199 Taco Bells is actually a little low, on average, for a state this size. By comparison, New York has 243 Wendy’s. 

9: (Tie) Indiana/Tennessee 218

Indiana and Tennessee do not make the list top ten list of states with the highest Hispanic populations. In fact, both states have a less than 7 percent Hispanic population. They don’t seem to play favorites when it comes to fast food, with 218 Taco Bell locations along with 201 Wendy’s in Indiana and 206 in Tennessee.    

8: Missouri (221)

Who is eating all this Taco Bell in Missouri? The state ranks 18th in US population, and has a 3.7 percent Hispanic population but has one Taco Bell per 27,000 residents. That seems like a lot when compared to just 116 Wendy’s. 

7: Georgia (236)

Georgia has one of the fastest growing Hispanic populations in the U.S., but their overall population is still less than 10 percent. By contrast, they are the eighth most populated state in America, and their fast food consumption reflects it. They also come in fifth for Wendy’s locations at 336. 

6: Illinois (277)

Illinois has the fifth highest Hispanic population in the U.S. and is the fifth most populated state. Its Taco Bell and Wendy’s numbers are pretty close, with 277 Taco Bells and 242 Wendy’s, which does indicate a stronger state preference for Taco Bell when compared to Pennsylvania, a state of comparable population, which has only 155 Taco Bells but has 311 Wendy’s. 

5: Michigan (312)

Michigan is the ninth most populated state, but has a less than a 5 percent Hispanic population. They have comparable numbers of Wendy’s to North Carolina, a state with a similar population, but more than a hundred more Taco Bells. Maybe the cold weather makes people crave hot sauce?

4: Ohio (384)

Nothing about Ohio screams “Tacos.” The state has only a 3 percent Hispanic population, but has one Taco Bell for every 30,000 residents. That’s nothing, however, compared to the state’s love of Wendy’s. Ohioans can choose from 507 different locations. 

3: Florida (387)

That may seem like a lot of Taco Bells for one state, but it really isn’t when you consider that Florida is home to 19 percent of the nation’s Hispanic population and is the fourth most populated U.S. state. That comes out to about one Taco Bell per about 50,000 people, which is nothing when you compare it to the fact that the state has a whopping 578 Wendy’s, or one for every 34,000 residents. 

2: Texas (590)

In a state famous for its Mexican food, you’d probably expect to find a lot of Taco Bells. Texas is the second most populated U.S. state and also has the second largest Hispanic population. They also show a clear preference for Taco Bell over Wendy’s, with 590 Taco Bell locations as opposed to 445 Wendy’s.

1: California (964)

California is first in everything it seems. It’s first in overall U.S. population, first in U.S. Hispanic population, and overwhelmingly first in Taco Bell consumption with 964 Taco Bells as compared to just 339 Wendy’s.