The DC Area Restaurant industry: Stats at a glance

Restaurants in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) are a driving force in the region’s economy. Their sales generate tremendous tax revenues. They provide jobs and build careers for thousands of people. They also provide healthful options for their guests, give back to their communities, and work to reduce their impact on the environment.

  • According to the National Restaurant Association, in 2012, the District’s restaurants are projected to register $2.6 billion in sales, $13.3 billion in sales in Virginia, and $9.8 billion in Maryland for a total of $25.7 billion in the DMV area combined.
  • Visitors to the nation’s capital spent 1.4 million in restaurants!
  • Every $1 spent in the District’s restaurants generates an additional $.30 in sales for the region’s economy, $.97 in Virginia and $.91 in Maryland.
  • Virginia has the lowest food sales tax with 5%, versus 10% in DC, and 6% in Maryland.
  • In 2010, there were 2,035 eating and drinking places in the District, 13,585 in Virginia, and 10,344 in Maryland.
  • Encompassing much of Northern Virginia‘s suburbs of Washington, D.C., Virginia’s 8th District which includes Arlington County, parts of Fairfax County, and the independent cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, has the largest share of the restaurant industry with more than 1,692 eateries.
  • Maryland’s 3rd district is comprised of portions of Baltimore, Howard and Anne Arundel counties, as well as a significant part of the independent city of Baltimore. It largest share of the restaurant industry with more than 1,800 eateries.

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