A study by Experian Simmons demonstrates that customers in several of the USA's ten most Apple-loyal regions waited 5 years or more for an Apple Store to open.
The study ranked US cities by the number of adults who own (at least) one iPod, iPhone or Mac. It shouldn't shock you that San Francisco/San Jose area of California ranked highest (32.3 percent of adults met their criteria), while Boston, San Diego, New York City, Chicago, Denver and Las Vegas were also among the top ten.
DC, the study points out, is still without a store, despite 30.1 percent of its residents meeting Experian's criteria. Boston's Boylston Street store only opened within the past few years, and other high-ranking cities (Baltimore, Md. at #13, Charlottesville, Virg. at #16 and Boise, Idaho at #25) are still waiting.
Of course, some of these cities have stores in the suburbs. The Cambridgeside Apple Store, reachable from Boston by the subway, was one of the very first stores to open. Other stores like Braintree and Peabody are arguably within driving distance of Boston.
Likewise, Apple Store Bethesda Row and Apple Store Montgomery Mall are in the greater DC metro area.