Demaestro - 7:43 pm on Feb 18, 2011 (gmt 0)
My son refuses to eat McDonalds.. he is 15 now but his last trip was at 5 years old.
I remember he was 8 or 9 and he went to a birthday party and when he got back the lady asked me about him not eating McD.. she said they stopped for burgers on the way to the bowling alley and he wouldn't order anything, she felt bad and got him something from somewhere else.
To address your question, yes McDonalds is in affluent neighborhoods to. I suspect the more affluent a neighborhood the more likely it is that at least 1 person per household works long hours... causing convenience to be more important then nutrition. Which would explain why it is busy.
I know that McDonalds actually has higher end stores for nicer neighborhoods. They have been opening a couple around here and I saw something on the news about it.