Paducah: Fast Food Capital of America



Kaitlyn Craig, Columnist and Human Interest Coordinator

Paducah is a town full of history, art… and quilts. But most of the people who live here, especially the teenagers and young adults, usually feel like there is nothing to do here but eat. Well recently, that statement was proven to have at least a small amount of truth in it. Paducah was recently named the fast food capital of the United States. In a recent survey, it was revealed that Paducah has the highest density of fast food restaurants compared to residents in the entirety of the country. The most notable fast-foodx eatery in the area is Burger King, which is really surprising, at least to me.

Per 10,000 people, Paducah has 13.18 fast food restaurants. This fact is quite evident while driving through our city limits, with the hundreds of restaurants just within eyesight. There are ten Subway locations just in the Paducah area. How many places does there need to be to get a ham sandwich? There are also multiple McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King’s, Dairy Queen’s, Back Yard Burgers, Taco Bell’s, Taco John’s, Sonic’s, need I go on?

All these eateries help a lot during the high tourism times, most notably Quilt Week. The week where all of the natives hide away in their homes while the tourists take over the town. But though Paducah is full of history and interesting places to visit, such as downtown, there aren’t a lot of places to just go and hang out with your friends. This is especially true during the winter months. So if anyone happens to have a business idea that could help with this problem, go for it! I’m sure the citizens of Paducah would greatly appreciate it.