These 5 fast-food chains are the most lucrative in America

It’s no secret that Americans enjoy fast food. It’s typically convenient, and there’s an increasing number of healthy options.

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The top five fast-food chains in the U.S. each brought in at least $10 billion in sales last year, QSR Magazine reported. But one key detail sets one of them apart from the others.

Chick-fil-A is the only fast-food chain in the top five for U.S. sales to not be included in the top 10 with the most locations. It hit a system-wide $10 billion in sales with just 2,400 stores, all of which are franchised, according to the report.

Here are the five most lucrative fast-food chains, according to QSR:

5. Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A is fast food restaurant chain specializing in chicken sandwiches.

With $10 billion in U.S. sales, Chick-fil-A averaged $4.1 million in sales at each of its locations.

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4. Taco Bell

Taco Bell at sunset

Taco Bell had $10.3 billion in U.S. sales last year. With 6,588 stores, the chain averaged $1.6 million per location.

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3. Subway

Subway specializes in submarine sandwiches.

Subway had $10.8 billion in U.S. sales last year. The chain averaged $420,000 in sales at each of its 24,798 stores.

2. Starbucks

A woman peers into a closed Starbucks Coffee shop. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Starbucks had $19.7 billion in U.S. sales last year. The chain’s 14,825 cafes averaged $1.3 million in sales.

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1. McDonald’s

The sign outside a McDonald's restaurant in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

The Golden Arches brought in $38.5 billion in U.S. sales last year. Spread across 13,914 stores, it was an average of $2.7 million per location.

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