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Chick-fil-A: By the Numbers

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States carried by John McCain in 2008 host the fast food chain at a rate of nearly three times as many stores per resident as those won by Barack Obama

chickfilalogo10.jpgWith the Mike Huckabee-backed Chick-fil-A "Appreciation Day" and gay-rights backed "kiss-in" come and gone, it remains to be seen whether the (overcooked) coverage of the fast food chain - and the photo-ops its political supporters have staged - has ended as well.

The national attention stemmed from the "pro-family" remarks reiterated by the chain's COO earlier this summer.

It is interesting that Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, has been one of the staunchest defenders of the restaurant chain, considering there are no such establishments in her home state.

But while Chick-fil-A has restaurants in 39 states across the country, the restaurant - headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia - is still largely regarded as a southern institution.

In political terms of 2012, that means it is largely a red state restaurant.

But to what degree?

A Smart Politics review of Chick-fil-A store locations from the company's official website finds there are nearly three times the rate of stores per resident in states carried by John McCain in 2008 as those carried by Barack Obama.

Overall, there are 945 Chick-fil-A restaurants in the 22 "McCain states," or 9.8 stores per one million residents, compared to 767 in the 28 states carried by President Obama, or 3.6 stores per million residents.

Put another way, there are 276,476 residents for every Chick-fil-A in Obama states compared to 101,679 residents per restaurant in McCain states.

The state with the largest ratio of stores per resident is Georgia, where the chain is headquartered.

With 212 Chick-fil-A stores statewide, Georgia has one store per 45,696 residents.

The next top three states all border Georgia - South Carolina at #2 (1 store per 57,103 residents), North Carolina at #3 (64,867), and Alabama at #4 (72,420).

Rounding out the Top 10 are more southern states: Virginia at #5 (1 per 76,933), Tennessee at #6 (90,659), Texas at #7 (92,788), Maryland at #8 (96,226), West Virginia at #9 (109,000) and Arkansas at #10 (112,151). (Note: Maryland is designated as a southern state in the U.S. Census' regional classifications).

The top non-southern state on the list comes in at #17 with Colorado from the West (1 per 173,421 residents), with Pennsylvania the top northeastern state at #19 (208,236) and Kansas the top Midwestern state at #20 (237,760).

The Bottom 10 states with at least one restaurant that have the lowest ratio of stores per residents are all Obama states.

California (#31), Illinois (#32), New Hampshire (#33), Minnesota (#34), Massachusetts (#35), Wisconsin (#36), Washington (#37), Michigan (#38), and New York (#39) all come in with a ratio of more than 600,000 residents per one restaurant in their respective states.

Of the 11 states without a Chick-fil-A within their borders, seven were carried by Obama (Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont) and four by John McCain (Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota).

Overall, there are 5.6 Chick-fil-A restaurants per one million residents nationwide, or approximately 180,000 Americans for every store.

Ratio of Chick-fil-A Restaurants Per Capita by State

Rank
State
2008 vote
# Stores
Residents per Store
1
Georgia
McCain
212
45,696
2
South Carolina
McCain
81
57,103
3
North Carolina
Obama
147
64,867
4
Alabama
McCain
66
72,420
5
Virginia
Obama
104
76,933
6
Tennessee
McCain
70
90,659
7
Texas
McCain
271
92,788
8
Maryland
Obama
60
96,226
9
West Virginia
McCain
17
109,000
10
Arkansas
McCain
26
112,151
11
Oklahoma
McCain
33
113,677
12
Mississippi
McCain
26
114,127
13
Florida
Obama
164
114,642
14
Louisiana
McCain
35
129,525
15
Delaware
Obama
6
149,656
16
Kentucky
McCain
27
160,717
17
Colorado
Obama
29
173,421
18
Utah
McCain
15
184,259
19
Pennsylvania
Obama
61
208,236
20
Kansas
McCain
12
237,760
21
Indiana
Obama
27
240,141
22
Missouri
McCain
23
260,388
23
Ohio
Obama
42
274,679
24
Arizona
McCain
23
277,914
25
Iowa
Obama
10
304,636
26
New Mexico
Obama
6
343,197
27
New Jersey
Obama
23
382,256
28
Nebraska
McCain
4
456,585
29
Idaho
McCain
3
522,527
30
Wyoming
McCain
1
563,626
31
California
Obama
59
631,423
32
Illinois
Obama
19
675,296
33
New Hampshire
Obama
1
1,316,470
34
Minnesota
Obama
3
1,767,975
35
Massachusetts
Obama
2
3,273,815
36
Wisconsin
Obama
1
5,686,986
37
Washington
Obama
1
6,724,540
38
Michigan
Obama
1
9,883,640
39
New York
Obama
1
19,378,102
40
Alaska
McCain
0
---
40
Connecticut
Obama
0
---
40
Hawaii
Obama
0
---
40
Maine
Obama
0
---
40
Montana
McCain
0
---
40
Nevada
Obama
0
---
40
North Dakota
McCain
0
---
40
Oregon
Obama
0
---
40
Rhode Island
Obama
0
---
40
South Dakota
McCain
0
---
40
Vermont
Obama
0
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Table compiled by Smart Politics based on information culled from the official website of Chick-fil-A and 2010 U.S. Census data.

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  • I AM PROUD OF CHICK-FIL-A MANAGEMENT FOR STANDING UP AND BEING ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR BELIEFS!! I WELCOME THE OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THE FAMILY IN NEVADA OR OREGON. MY WIFE(BETTY) AND I OWNED AND OPERATED 5 CICI'S PIZZA RESTAURANTS FOR 10 YEARS IN HOUSTON,TEXAS. WE ENJOYED 3 YEARS OF DOUBLE DIGIT SALES INCREASES WHILE TEAMING UP WITH ALL SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES IN KINGWOOD,TEXAS. WE LIKE A PRINCIPLE ORIENTED COMPANY,AND WE CHRISTIANS NEED TO STAND UP AND SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!! REGARDS,RUSSELL&BETTY THEIS 409-332-5819

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