There are currently 246 Apple store in the United States, throughout 44 states.  Within the stores, there are 27,350 retail employees, and 7,700 US based AppleCare Advisors.  But where else do Apple consumers get their answers?

In free, member-driven communities, where people can help one another with their various issues.  This supports the new wave of social, where members within brand communities serve as their own experts, their own moderators, their own tech support, and enthusiastic evangelists.

It Doesn't Take A Genius Bar: Why Apple Consumers Are Turning To Customer Communities For Their Answers

Source: Get Satisfaction