15 Facts About McDonald’s That Will Blow Your Mind


In 1992 when Rutgers professor Benjamin Barber coined the term “McWorld,” there were 12,700 McDonald’s worldwide.

Today there are over 33,000.

The relentless spread of McDonald’s over the past 61 years is an incredible business success story. In some markets the burger chain is just getting started, with plans to open 200 stores in China this year.

#2 Americans alone consume one billion pounds of beef at McDonald’s in a year — five and a half million head of cattle

#3 Counting $32 billion in revenue from franchise stores, McDonald’s claims the 68th biggest economy, bigger than Ecuador

#4 McDonald’s delivers — in 18 countries!

#5 For the next three years, McDonald’s is going to open one restaurant every day in China

#6 According to company estimates, one in every eight American workers has been employed by McDonald’s

#7 McDonald’s’ iconic golden arches are recognized by more people than the cross

A survey by Sponsorship Research International found that 88 percent could identify the arches and only 54 percent could name the Christian cross, according to Fast Food Nation.

#8 McDonald’s is the world’s largest distributor of toys, with one included in 20% of all sales

#9 The only place in the lower 48 that is more than 100 miles from a McDonald’s is a barren plain in South Dakota

#10 McDonald’s sells more than 75 hamburgers every second

#11 McDonald’s hires around 1 million workers in the US every year

This estimate from Fast Food Nation assumes a 700,000 domestic workforce with 150% turnover rate.

#12 The Queen of England owns a McDonald’s near Buckingham Palace as part of her vast real estate portfolio

#13 Sorry to gross you out but… McDonald’s chicken nuggets used to be made of this pink goop

#14 McDonald’s’ $24 billion in revenue makes it the 90th-largest economy in the world

#15 McDonald’s serves 1% of the world’s population every day