Wendy's price lists vary by location. Within the U.S., price lists are determined by the state in which a given franchise is located. For instance, a Dave's Hot 'n Juicy 1/4 lb. Single with Cheese costs $5.49 in New York but only $4.19 in South Dakota, as of 2015.
Wendy's is the world's third largest hamburger-based fast-food company, with more than 6,600 locations in the U.S. and 29 other U.S. territories and countries around the world. Because of varying transportation, property and other costs, prices vary according to franchise location. Wendy's competes with McDonald's and Burger King, the only two larger hamburger-based fast-food companies, as well as other fast-food chains. Consequently, Wendy's prices in particular locations may also track the prices of these competing fast-food restaurants.
The most expensive Wendy's franchises are located in the District of Columbia, where a Dave's Hot 'n Juicy 1/4 lb. Single with Cheese is priced at $5.61, while the cheapest franchises are in Mississippi, where the same sandwich costs just $4.11. This is typical of fast food chains, which also have comparable price variations according to location. For example, a McDonald's Big Mac costs $5.35 in the District of Columbia, but only $3.99 in Mississippi.