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This Is the Only State Capital Without a McDonald's

That's right—there isn't a Mickey D's in sight!
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No matter where you are in the United States there is one thing you can always count on: McDonald's. The fast-food giant is just about everywhere and when in doubt, you know the food will be the same—unless you're somewhere international and you'll be treated to some unique menu items you can't get in the U.S., that is.

You would think that every American town and city has several Mickey D locations, but there actually is one spot in the U.S. that doesn't.

And it happens to be a state capital, too.

Any guesses? (If you're looking for something sweet to indulge in after that Big Mac, check out the 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback to get some inspiration!)

Well, the one state capital that is actually without a McDonald's is…

Montpelier, Vermont

For those who live in a big city, for example, you might think this is simply unbelievable. New York City alone has 30 McDonald's locations!

But Montpelier, although a state capital, is a small capital city. In fact, it's actually the state capital with the smallest population, as it's the home to around 7,500 people. Plus, as Business Insider explained, Montpelier tends to favor small, local businesses over large chains, so it makes sense why there isn't a McDonald's there. In case you were wondering, there isn't a Burger King in the city, either!

So what happens if you find yourself in Montpelier and you get a craving for some McDonald's? Hey, we get it—there is nothing wrong with treating yourself to a burger or some chicken nuggets every once in a while. Have no fear, as there is a McDonald's not too far away. You just have to make your way over to Barre, a neighboring city. That is where you'll find those easy-to-spot Golden Arches. It's one of the 36, 525 McDonald's locations that exist worldwide. It might be kind of surprising to you that one U.S. capital city doesn't have a McDonald's, but there are plenty of other locations around the globe for you to visit. You'll be able to that your fast-food fix, one way or another.

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Jennifer Maldonado
Jennifer Maldonado is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and health content. Read more
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