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McDonald’s Number of Restaurants

The total number of McDonald’s restaurants systemwide at the end of fiscal 2022 was 40,275 compared to 40,031 at the end of the prior year.

Number of McDonald’s Restaurants Operational worldwide 2006-2022


The number of McDonald’s stores operational worldwide grew to 40,031 in 2021 compared to 39,198 in 2020. It had 13,438 restaurant stores operational in the United States in 2021 compared to 13,682 in 2020.

McDonald’s number of franchised stores was 37,295 in 2021 compared to 36,521 in 2020. The number of company operated stores in 2021 reached 2,736 in 2021 compared to 2,677 in 2020.

 The total number of restaurants in the McDonald’s system grew to 37,855 in 2018 from 37,241 in 2017. 

Out of the total stores operational in 2018, 2,770 were operated by the company and  35,085 operated by the franchisees. The number of company operated McDonald’s stores in 2018 reduced as compared to 2017 whereas that of the franchisee operated stores grew higher.

In 2017, number of company operated stores was 3,133. Number of stores operated by the franchisees was 34,108.  

McDonald’s manages its business through the franchisees mainly. Currently, the franchisees operate around 93% of McDonald’s business. In the longer term, the company plans to run 95% of its business through franchisees

McDonald’s is among the most famous fast food chains of the world, currently operating across more than 100 countries. The brand is primarily a franchisor whose more than 90% of restaurants are owned and operated by Franchisees. As of 2017, there were 37241 restaurants of McDonald’s operational across 120 countries. Out of the total restaurants operated under the brand name of McDonald’s, 34108 were franchised and 3133 were run by the government. Its restaurants mostly serve a uniform menu apart from minor variations made in order to suit the local consumers of various markets. The number of restaurants owned by the brand has reduced by around 2500 whereas of franchised restaurants has increased by around 3000 in 2017 as compared to 2016. The number of total McDonald’s restaurants operational globally was only 36899 in the year 2016.