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Only place in America more than 100 miles from a McDonald's [video]

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America's suburban sprawl is so all-encompassing that there is only one place in the continental U.S. where you can be at least 100 miles away from the nearest McDonald's.

Visualization of density of McDonald's in the U.S.

It's hard to imagine, but America's suburban sprawl is so all-encompassing that there is only one place in the lower 48 where you can be at least 100 miles away from the nearest McDonald's.

Here it is, the "McFarthest Spot," 107 miles from the nearest McDonald's, as determined by scientist and data-visualization geek Stephen von Worley. Out here in the desert on the Oregon / Nevada border, the true emptiness that comprises the few remaining in-between spaces in our country makes itself felt.

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Contributing Editor Christopher Mims has written for Scientific American, WIRED, Popular Science, Fast Company, Good, Discover, Slate, Technology Review, Nature and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. Formerly, he was an editor at Scientific American, Grist and Seed. He is based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure