McDonald’s Proximity Heatmap
If 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).