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National French Fry Day: Every State’s Favorite French Fry

July 13th is National French Fry day. While not an American food, french fries have become an American staple. No burger is ever quite complete without a side of crispy, golden french fries. In the United States, McDonalds alone sells over 9 million pounds of french fries per day, which by our estimates, means they’re spending over $26,898,322,081on McDonalds Fries PER YEAR.

The point is, Americans love french fries. This french fry day the Cost Guys wanted to figure out American’s french fry habits by state.

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Most Popular Type of French Fry By State

In the U.S. we found that the steak fry rules supreme. In a whopping 38/50 states, the steak fry is the most popular and searched for type of french fry according to Google data. In the West in Nevada, California and New Mexico, chili cheese fries reign supreme. The state of Washington however is the most peculiar, being the only champion of curly fries.

The favorite type of french fries in every US state

A look at the same map but with a color key:

You can make the argument that steak fries may be the few things most Americans agree on. When you take out the steak fry however, you begin to see ones preference of fries is highly local.

In the northeast for example, you see a high affinity for truffle fries while in the southeast waffle fries are king (after steak fries). Curly fries on the other hand are the fries of choice for midwesterners and pacific northwesterners alike.


Table of Every State’s Favorite French Fry

StateFavorite FrySecond Favorite FryThird FavoriteFourth FavoriteFifth Favorite
AlabamaSteak FriesCurly FriesWaffle FriesChili Cheese FriesTruffle Fries
AlaskaN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
ArizonaSteak FriesChili Cheese FriesCurly FriesWaffle FriesTruffle Fries
ArkansasWaffle FriesSteak FriesChili Cheese FriesCurly FriesTruffle Fries
CaliforniaChili Cheese FriesSteak FriesCurly FriesTruffle FriesWaffle Fries
ColoradoSteak FriesChili Cheese FriesTruffle FriesWaffle FriesCurly Fries
ConnecticutSteak FriesTruffle FriesWaffle FriesCurly FriesN/A
DelawareN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
District of ColumbiaSteak FriesTruffle FriesN/AN/AN/A
FloridaSteak FriesTruffle FriesWaffle FriesCurly FriesChili Cheese Fries
GeorgiaSteak FriesWaffle FriesChili Cheese FriesCurly FriesTruffle Fries
HawaiiN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
IdahoSteak FriesN/AN/AN/AN/A
IllinoisSteak FriesCurly FriesWaffle FriesTruffle FriesChili Cheese Fries
IndianaSteak FriesCurly FriesWaffle FriesChili Cheese FriesTruffle Fries
IowaSteak FriesCurly FriesWaffle FriesTruffle FriesN/A
KansasSteak FriesWaffle FriesCurly FriesTruffle FriesN/A
KentuckySteak FriesCurly FriesWaffle FriesChili Cheese FriesTruffle Fries
LouisianaSteak FriesWaffle FriesCurly FriesChili Cheese FriesTruffle Fries
MaineN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
MarylandSteak FriesWaffle FriesCurly FriesTruffle FriesN/A
MassachusettsSteak FriesTruffle FriesWaffle FriesCurly FriesChili Cheese Fries
MichiganSteak FriesCurly FriesChili Cheese FriesTruffle FriesWaffle Fries
MinnesotaSteak FriesWaffle FriesCurly FriesTruffle FriesChili Cheese Fries
MississippiSteak FriesChili Cheese FriesWaffle FriesTruffle FriesN/A
MissouriSteak FriesCurly FriesWaffle FriesChili Cheese FriesTruffle Fries
MontanaN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
NebraskaSteak FriesCurly FriesWaffle FriesTruffle FriesN/A
NevadaChili Cheese FriesSteak FriesTruffle FriesCurly FriesWaffle Fries
New HampshireWaffle FriesSteak FriesN/AN/AN/A
New JerseySteak FriesCurly FriesWaffle FriesTruffle FriesChili Cheese Fries
New MexicoChili Cheese FriesSteak FriesWaffle FriesN/AN/A
New YorkSteak FriesTruffle FriesCurly FriesWaffle FriesChili Cheese Fries
North CarolinaSteak FriesCurly FriesWaffle FriesChili Cheese FriesTruffle Fries
North DakotaN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
OhioSteak FriesCurly FriesWaffle FriesChili Cheese FriesTruffle Fries
OklahomaSteak FriesCurly FriesWaffle FriesChili Cheese FriesTruffle Fries
OregonSteak FriesCurly FriesWaffle FriesTruffle FriesChili Cheese Fries
PennsylvaniaSteak FriesCurly FriesWaffle FriesTruffle FriesChili Cheese Fries
Rhode IslandSteak FriesN/AN/AN/AN/A
South CarolinaSteak FriesWaffle FriesCurly FriesChili Cheese FriesTruffle Fries
South DakotaN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
TennesseeSteak FriesWaffle FriesCurly FriesChili Cheese FriesTruffle Fries
TexasSteak FriesCurly FriesChili Cheese FriesWaffle FriesTruffle Fries
UtahSteak FriesCurly FriesWaffle FriesTruffle FriesN/A
VermontN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
VirginiaSteak FriesWaffle FriesCurly FriesTruffle FriesChili Cheese Fries
WashingtonCurly FriesSteak FriesWaffle FriesChili Cheese FriesTruffle Fries
West VirginiaCurly FriesSteak FriesTruffle FriesN/AN/A
WisconsinSteak FriesCurly FriesWaffle FriesChili Cheese FriesTruffle Fries
WyomingN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

Favorite French Fries by Fast Food Chain

In this country there is one type of fries that reigns supreme and that is McDonalds fries. In nearly every state, McDonalds French Fries are the most sought after according to Google. It’s not even really close, just like steak fries.

When you take out McDonalds however, again you start to see regional preferences when it comes to fast food french fries. In the south, Chick Fil-A is the king. The south (and some mountain west states) prefer Chick Fil-a fries next to McDonalds. Elsewhere, particularly in the midwest and northeast, the 2nd fry of choice is Burger King. Unsurprisingly, in California and Nevada, In and Out fries are most sought after.

Table of Favorite Fast Food French Fries by State

StateFavorite FrySecond Favorite FryThird FavoriteFourth FavoriteFifth Favorite
AlabamaMcDonalds FriesChick Fil-a FriesBurger King FriesWendy's FriesN/A
AlaskaMcDonalds FriesN/AN/AN/AN/A
ArizonaMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesIn and Out FriesChick Fil-a FriesWendy's Fries
ArkansasMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesChick Fil-a FriesN/AN/A
CaliforniaMcDonalds FriesIn and Out FriesBurger King FriesChick Fil-a FriesWendy's Fries
ColoradoMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesChick Fil-a FriesWendy's FriesN/A
ConnecticutMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesWendy's FriesChick Fil-a FriesN/A
DelawareMcDonalds FriesN/AN/AN/AN/A
District of ColumbiaMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesN/AN/AN/A
FloridaMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesChick Fil-a FriesWendy's FriesIn and Out Fries
GeorgiaMcDonalds FriesChick Fil-a FriesBurger King FriesWendy's FriesN/A
HawaiiMcDonalds FriesN/AN/AN/AN/A
IdahoMcDonalds FriesN/AN/AN/AN/A
IllinoisMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesChick Fil-a FriesWendy's FriesN/A
IndianaMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesChick Fil-a FriesWendy's FriesN/A
IowaMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesChick Fil-a FriesN/AN/A
KansasMcDonalds FriesWendy's FriesN/AN/AN/A
KentuckyMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesChick Fil-a FriesWendy's FriesN/A
LouisianaMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesChick Fil-a FriesWendy's FriesN/A
MaineMcDonalds FriesN/AN/AN/AN/A
MarylandMcDonalds FriesChick Fil-a FriesBurger King FriesWendy's FriesN/A
MassachusettsMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesWendy's FriesChick Fil-a FriesN/A
MichiganMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesWendy's FriesChick Fil-a FriesN/A
MinnesotaMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesChick Fil-a FriesWendy's FriesN/A
MississippiMcDonalds FriesChick Fil-a FriesWendy's FriesN/AN/A
MissouriMcDonalds FriesChick Fil-a FriesBurger King FriesWendy's FriesN/A
MontanaMcDonalds FriesN/AN/AN/AN/A
NebraskaMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesN/AN/AN/A
NevadaMcDonalds FriesIn and Out FriesBurger King FriesChick Fil-a FriesWendy's Fries
New HampshireMcDonalds FriesN/AN/AN/AN/A
New JerseyMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesWendy's FriesChick Fil-a FriesN/A
New MexicoMcDonalds FriesN/AN/AN/AN/A
New YorkMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesWendy's FriesChick Fil-a FriesIn and Out Fries
North CarolinaMcDonalds FriesChick Fil-a FriesBurger King FriesWendy's FriesN/A
North DakotaMcDonalds FriesN/AN/AN/AN/A
OhioMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesWendy's FriesChick Fil-a FriesN/A
OklahomaMcDonalds FriesChick Fil-a FriesBurger King FriesN/AN/A
OregonMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesWendy's FriesChick Fil-a FriesIn and Out Fries
PennsylvaniaMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesChick Fil-a FriesWendy's FriesN/A
Rhode IslandMcDonalds FriesN/AN/AN/AN/A
South CarolinaMcDonalds FriesChick Fil-a FriesBurger King FriesWendy's FriesN/A
South DakotaMcDonalds FriesN/AN/AN/AN/A
TennesseeMcDonalds FriesChick Fil-a FriesBurger King FriesWendy's FriesN/A
TexasMcDonalds FriesChick Fil-a FriesBurger King FriesIn and Out FriesWendy's Fries
UtahMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesChick Fil-a FriesWendy's FriesIn and Out Fries
VermontMcDonalds FriesN/AN/AN/AN/A
VirginiaMcDonalds FriesChick Fil-a FriesBurger King FriesWendy's FriesN/A
WashingtonMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesChick Fil-a FriesWendy's FriesN/A
West VirginiaMcDonalds FriesN/AN/AN/AN/A
WisconsinMcDonalds FriesBurger King FriesChick Fil-a FriesWendy's FriesN/A
WyomingN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

Methodology

To determine how popular a fry or fast food chain was in a particular state, we turned to Google Trends. We looked at trends for each fry and each restaurant in each state for the time period of July 2015 to July 2020.

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