Forget Democrats and Republicans. There’s a different Blue State, Red State divide — that between which states have In-N-Out Burger locations and those that have Dunkin’ Donuts.
As you can see in the map above, much of the western half of the United States lacks Dunkin’ Donuts. Meanwhile, I constantly hear from visitors to California that they crave In-N-Out whenever they come out here. I take them for granted. I’ve got got one less than two miles away from me; six are within 10 miles.
NOTE: Oregon apparently has a Dunkin Donuts. I might update the map later to reflect this.
Really, while President Barack Obama might think that this political map is the Red State / Blue State divide that needs to be bridged (picture from Wikipedia):
I submit it’s the food divide that needs to be shattered. What does it say about our country where there are only three cities in total where you can have both an In-N-Out burger and a donut from Dunkin Donuts at the same time: Mesa, Arizona; Tucson, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada?
By the way, In-N-Out makes it pretty hard to get a state-by-state view of all their restaurants, but I did my best working off this list on their site. Dunkin’ Donuts doesn’t provide any easy-to-read list at all. Instead, I found a list of all restaurants as compiled by the good people at the new Factual search engine. I filtered that to Dunkin Donuts locations. It might not be perfect, but it was the best and most convenient data I could find.
Also big thanks to the awesome US Map Maker program from John Adamson at Texas A&M. It made it super easy to produce this map of America’s fast food divide.