Fast-Casual's Biggest Fans Are In Colorado And Florida

There are 15,728 fast-casual chain restaurants in the U.S. as of May 2013, according to industry analyst NPD Group. But the customers who love them best are in Colorado and Florida, where the ratio of fast-casual restaurants to people is highest. The Fort Collins, Col., metro area has 13.14 fast-casual locations per 100,000 residents, higher than anywhere else in the U.S. (the average is 5). The second and third slots are also in Colorado: Denver (at 12.76) and Boulder (12.53). followed by Tallahassee, Fla., Lexington, Ky. and Gainesville, Fla. The biggest city to make NPD's top-10 list is Washington, D.C., and its surrounding suburbs, which came in ninth, just ahead of Orlando. Story