Congratulations to Ohio for being awarded the title “Chipotle Heaven” in 2014. That’s right, the state has gone “guac-2-guac” having won the prestigious award in both 2013 and 2014. So, what did our burrito statisticians learn this year? In total, there were 5 Chipotle locations opened in the state this year, one being Twinsburg which got their very first Chipotle!
For those of you that like to travel internationally but are concerned about getting your regular Chipotle “fix”; this year Germany joined Canada, the United Kingdom, and France as countries outside the United States that host a Chipotle location. If you like to travel domestically, I would recommend skipping Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Hawaii, Mississippi, Montana, and West Virginia as these states are completely void of a single location.
What does this mean for the Buckeye State? Ohio now has 148 total locations. This means more chicken, fajita veggies, and guacamole (which costs $1.80 extra if you were not aware…) are served in Ohio compared to any other state except California (288 locations).
Next, Ohio has the 2nd highest Chipotle restaurant per person proportion in the United States with a staggering .00001279 ratio. This equates to 1 restaurant for every 78,181 residents! To celebrate, grab 78,000 of your closest buddies and head to YOUR VERY OWN Chipotle restaurant.
The last piece of data analyzed was the locations per land area. Water territory was excluded as there are no water-based Chipotle locations – yet. Ohio ranks 5th in restaurants per square mile. Although, most of the locations are clustered in dense, urban areas, if each location was distributed in a straight line equidistant from one another there would be 1 Chipotle restaurant every 277 miles. More impressively, there would be 1 restaurant every mile from Columbus to Cleveland. That would be a lot of food stops, and a lot of “gas”.
The fast/casual chain also has roots in Columbus. The headquarters and first restaurant are located in Denver, Colorado, however there is a corporate office which specializes in finance/accounting in Westerville. Columbus even became the first city in 1999 to host a location outside the home state of Colorado.
See the rest of the data here- The Cold, Hard (w/ a side of guac) Facts
Data specifications: The number of locations were obtained from the Chipotle Mexican Grill 10-K Annual Report as of December 31, 2013. Land area and population were obtained based on 2013 information. To determine the weighted rating and “Burrito-meter” the rating for # of locations, locations per person, and locations per land area were weighted equally at 33%, 33%, 33%, respectively. A lower Burrito-meter ranking correlates to a higher overall ranking (for determining the Chipotle Heaven award). All data was compiled by OhioWins.com.