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.
  • McDonald's serves 1% of the world's population every day
  • McDonald's sells more than 75 hamburgers every second
  • McDonald's' $24 billion in revenue makes it the 90th-largest economy in the world
  • Counting $32 billion in revenue from franchise stores, McDonald's claims the 68th biggest economy, bigger than Ecuador
  • 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.
  • According to company estimates, one in every eight American workers has been employed by McDonalds some time
  • McDonald's is the world's largest distributor of toys, with one included in 20% of all sales
  • 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.
  • The Queen of England owns a McDonald's near Buckingham Palace as part of her vast real estate portfolio
  • For the next three years, McDonald's is going to open one restaurant every day in China
  • McDonald's delivers in 18 countries!
  • Americans alone consume one billion pounds of beef at McDonald's in a year - five and a half million cattle


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