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13 Jan 2024

99% of Americans Live Near a Mexican Restaurant

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Nearly every American [lives near a Mexican restaurant](https://www.axios.com/2024/01/11/mexican-restaurants-nearby-food-influence-culture), reflecting Mexican Americans' significant cultural impact in the U.S. Data shows 85% of U.S. counties have at least one Mexican restaurant, with the highest concentrations in states bordering Mexico like New Mexico and Texas. L.A. County alone boasts over 5,400 Mexican eateries. The rise in Mexican cuisine's popularity aligns with the evolution of Tex-Mex and is influenced [by renowned Mexican chefs](https://www.axios.com/2021/11/18/growing-global-reach-mexican-food).