Here is a per-capita list of the cities with the largest number of fast food joints. Cincinnati is #3, Cleveland is #6. Toledo is further down at #16 while Columbus lags way behind at #35 with fewer than half the number per capita than Cincinnati and about 55% of Cleveland's number.
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So, where are all the fast food cities? They're mid-sized Midwest cities, tourist towns and Southern metros. Industrial cities with large blue-collar workforces and a rising millennial population. Whoppers, Big Macs and Baconators are meals for hard-working Americans and dual-income families.
To many, Columbus is seen as a fast food Mecca, but it's more like a fast food Honolulu (#34). I feel like Columbus' vast swaths of residential-only development may be affecting things. Think about how many parts of town are actually "under fast-fooded" such as Clintonville, Beechwold, Downtown, the NES, the South Side, UA, Victorian Village, the Hilltop and many more.