America's retail landscape: mapping where we shop and eat

5 months ago by Joshua Fruhlinger in Features

The American dream and the American retail store go hand in hand. Open a shop, make a profit, buy another shop, rinse, repeat, buy a home, franchise, and you're winning. Mention America's most successful companies and you'd be hard-pressed to not mention McDonald's, Walmart, Starbucks, or even Sears.

They have one major thing in common: retail outlets to which Americans swarm and spend their money. As we head into the final week of Christmas shopping, we take at look at where American retailers do their business.

The map below is a snapshot of the United States with the locations of 7,300 businesses mapped out (click for a larger version).

Represented in this map, among thousands others, are: Denny's, PetSmart, Bass Pro Shops, Bloomingdale's, KFC, McDonald's, Cinnabon, Kmart, Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart, Skechers, Gymboree, and about 7,300 others.

As far as cities that have the most retailers (keep in mind this also includes everything from wi-fi hotspots trying to cash in on your Facebook addiction to e-cigarette dealers at the corner bodega), New York tops the list, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago.

City

Entity Name (Count)

New York

68,925

Los Angeles

40,334

Chicago

35,789

Houston

34,811

Brooklyn

34,413

Dallas

26,848

San Antonio

26,109

Philadelphia

22,462

Austin

22,302

San Francisco

20,986

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Joshua Fruhlinger

Joshua has been writing about technology, lifestyle, and business for over 20 years. He's one of the original writers and editors for Engadget, and still writes a...

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