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Daytime population, not household income, is the prime indicator of high-end dining within DC

Submarkets with the highest daytime populations in the city (CBD, East End, West End, Dupont Circle, Gallery Place, Penn Quarter and Mount Vernon Triangle), which range from a low of 76,160 to a high of 171,083 people per day, correspondingly, have the highest volume of high-end restaurants within a 10-minute walk time.

Conversely, the submarkets with the highest median household income (Georgetown, Penn Quarter, Barracks Row/Eastern Market and 14th Street/Logan Circle ) do not breach the top 7 trade areas in volume of high-end dining -- with the exception of Penn Quarter.

The dispersal of restaurants with luxury price points follows the same principle as the overall high-end restaurant distribution: the same seven trade areas with the highest daytime populations also have the most luxury dining options.

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