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Number of McDonald's Restaurants Worldwide

How Many McDonald's Restaurants Exist Worldwide?

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A McDonald's restaurant in Beijing, China.

Matt Rosenberg
According to the McDonald's Corporation website (as of June 2012), McDonald's has, "More than 33,000 restaurants around the world in 118 countries. In the United States, there are more than 14,000 restaurants.." In 2007 there were 30,000 restaurants in 119 countries so in the intervening years, one McDonald's country was lost.

Wikipedia maintains a listing of countries where McDonald's exists and the list numbers (as of this writing in June 2012) 123 "countries" but at least 20 of those "countries" are not independent countries at all. Therefore, McDonald's claim of restaurants existing in 119 countries is inflated by non-independent countries.

In March 2011, the Associated Press reported that Subway was the world's largest restaurant chain, "Subway had 33,749 restaurants worldwide at the end of last year, according to the company. McDonald's Corp. had 32,737, according a regulatory filing." As of this writing, Subway claims to have 36,972 restaurants in 100 countries. Again, many of these "countries" are not independent and are merely territories.

Ultimately, we can confidently agree that the number of McDonald's Restaurants worldwide is more than 33,000.

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