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McDonald’s Proximity Heatmap

by on September 23, 2009

mcdonalds-distanceIf you thought Starbucks was everywhere, then you need to take a look at a great graphic at WeatherSealed where he charts the distance to the nearest McDonalds from every location in the US.

So, I set out to determine the farthest point from a Micky Dee’s – in the lower 48 states, at least. This endeavor required information, and the nice folks at AggData were kind enough to provide it to me: a complete list of all 13,000-or-so U.S. restaurants, in CSV format, geolocated for maximum convenience. From there, a bit of software engineering gymnastics, and…

Behold, a visualization of the contiguous United States, colored by distance to the nearest domestic McDonald’s!

His discovery: The farthest away you can get from any McDonalds is in plains of South Dakota where you can be 107 miles away from the nearest McDonalds (145 by car).

via Where The Buffalo Roamed « Weather Sealed.