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McDonald's Multi-Billion Dollar Impact

Local Restaurants, Local Impact

McDonald’s is a collection of local restaurants run by small business owners in all fifty states. These franchisees are embedded in the communities where they operate – feeding their communities, driving opportunities that fuel the fact that 1 in 8 Americans have worked at McDonald's, and taking care of their neighbors through initiatives like the Ronald McDonald House Charities.


These local businesses ripple out economic impacts – playing an integral role in state economies, supporting jobs and local businesses across all fifty states, and driving economic opportunity for independent owner/operators, restaurant crew, and local suppliers. 

Economic Impact Findings

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United States Impact Totals

GDP Impact

$76 Billion

Paid to Selected Local Suppliers

$9.4 Billion

Jobs Supported

1.2 Million

Funds Raised for Ronald McDonald House Charities®

$40.2 Million

Total Taxes Generated

$15 Billion

Tuition Assistance through Archways to Opportunity®

$26.4 Million

Knowing your local legislators is critical for growing our presence in our communities.

This article has been updated to correct an overestimate in supply chain spending, which affected the estimates for total GDP, jobs and tax impacts. An Oxford Economics programming error caused this and we apologize for any confusion as a result. This information was updated on February 7, 2024.

*All values, unless stated otherwise, reflect the 12 months ending 30 June 2022.

Most McDonald’s restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees. At franchised restaurants, the independent franchisee is the sole and exclusive employer of all restaurant employees – the franchisee alone sets all terms and conditions of employment, establishes all employment policies and practices, and is solely responsible for all employment-related matters in the restaurant.

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