Sick of Starbucks? Move to Wyoming

A map of the coffee giant's locations turns up some interesting details. For example, the farthest you can get from a company-owned shop in America is 140 miles.

By Kim Peterson Oct 10, 2012 2:03PM
A Starbucks Corp., sign is displayed outside a coffee shop in London, U.K. / Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesStarbucks (SBUX) has turned its focus to international expansion, and for good reason: The company has already conquered America.

James Davenport, a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington, recently put together a map of all the Starbucks-owned locations in the continental U.S. Keep in mind that these are only the sites that Starbucks owns, and not the locations inside places like Safeway (SWY) and Target (TGT). If you included those, the map would be far more crowded.

Davenport has pulled together some interesting bits of information about Starbucks. Here are some things you might not know about the company and its U.S. locations:

1. The farthest you can get from a company-owned Starbucks in America is 140 miles.

2. That point is on the Idaho-Wyoming border near Grand Teton National Park.

3. More than 80% of Americans (or about 250 million people) live within 20 miles of a Starbucks.

4. Your rent is higher when you live closer to a Starbucks location. This isn't necessarily because of Starbucks, although proximity to one might be considered a perk. Starbucks likes to place locations in urban areas, and urban areas generally charge higher rents. Davenport pointed to the Rentonomy blog, which analyzed Starbucks sites in London and found that for every half of a kilometer a property sits from a Starbucks, the rent falls by an average of 20% (up to 2.5 kilometers away).

You can see your nearby Starbucks locations by entering your address at this site.

Davenport said his project came out of a discussion about data companies selling lists of business locations for high prices. These companies sell the Starbucks database for nearly $200, he added. "It was a natural fit for a project, once some data-savvy friends and I decided to gather the SBUX location data ourselves," he said in an email interview.

What conclusions did he draw after crunching the numbers? "Starbucks does a fantastic job of providing coffee coverage for the U.S.," he said. "I think this project shows just how much Starbucks is part of the American experience."

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190Comments
Oct 10, 2012 11:30PM
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I don't live in Wyoming, but rank it as my favorite state I don't live in.  Everything about that place is awesome.  Less meddling gov., wide open spaces, drive through liquor.  Wyoming is Colorado before the Californians took it over.
Oct 10, 2012 4:27PM
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Once again public is wrong. Independent Coffee Houses have a lot better coffee drinks for less money with shorter or no lines. I live in Salt Lake city and I prefer my kitty corner coffee place "Robertsons" over all these other so called "Coffee Giants".
Oct 10, 2012 4:44PM
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I guess Alaska isn't in America anymore.
Oct 10, 2012 4:05PM
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I live in Wyoming & my daughter drug me into a Starbucks on a trip to the big city.  We got right in, got right up to the counter, ordered, then proceeded to wait 20 minutes for 2 drinks.  Never again.  Far as I'm concerned you can take them completely out of Wyoming!!!!
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I can make a better tasting cup of jo at home for about a fifth the price.  Starsucks is for suckers.

Oct 10, 2012 6:15PM
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If not having Starbucks here in WY keeps our population down and the crazies from CA out, I'm all for it. My coffee is better anyway. Made with a 1960's percolator.
Oct 10, 2012 4:05PM
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 I have tried Starbucks, but prefer my own brewed at home cup and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg!!! Plus, I can have all the refills,I want..and out of a ceramic cup!! HMMMMM
Oct 10, 2012 4:19PM
Oct 10, 2012 6:47PM
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overpriced , bitter tasting ,coffee...
Oct 10, 2012 7:01PM
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I don't get it. You can brew a great cup of coffee at home instead of speading 25% the cost of a pound of coffee for one cup. Spread the wealth. Someone is always ready to take the money that you don't want.

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I enjoyed my first cup in the early 1970's @ Pike st. market in Seattle. I didn't enjoy my last cup in Bellingham April 2012. The coffee started tasting bad and the price kept on going up. No 2 starbucks in Bellingham can have the same tasting drip coffee. Micky d's has a good brew for just a buck.
Oct 10, 2012 4:05PM
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Looks like Alaska got the shaft, once again. DEFINITELY does not include Alaska, which IS a state. So, want to get away from Starbucks? Go to remote Alaska.
Oct 10, 2012 6:07PM
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Wyoming is God's Country. Still not to many people and alot of wide open spaces. I was born and raised in Wyoming.
Oct 10, 2012 4:12PM
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I've done Starbucks about once every two years. I am constantly underwhelmed.
Oct 10, 2012 4:35PM
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I'm guessing that's the lower 48 they're talking about. I'm pretty certain there are places in AK where it's more than 140 miles to a starbucks.
Oct 10, 2012 6:29PM
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two things you won't find in Wyoming. Starbucks and weird people.
Oct 10, 2012 7:38PM
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greg g,
I'll take the "True Grit" in our cowboy coffee any day! They probably don't know what cowboy coffee is.
Oct 10, 2012 8:09PM
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Anybody that pays $4-5 for a cup of coffee has crap for brains.  They probably wonder where all their money's going.  Give me straight, strong coffee any day.  No added flavors.  No cream.  No pretty little decorations on top.  No outrageous price tag.
Oct 10, 2012 4:20PM
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I make better coffee at home.Because every time i go to StarBucks i throw my coffee in the garbage
Oct 11, 2012 12:26PM
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