Sorry, New Yorkers! Houston, TX Named The Best Shopping City In The U.S.

By Tracey Lomrantz, Glamour magazine

We Manhattanites may have Barneys, Bergorf Goodman, a gajillion H&Ms, some of the world's best vintage shops and the original Saks Fifth Avenue, but apparently we're still miles behind Houston, TX, which Forbes just named the best shopping city in the United States.

The magazine's first-ever rating of the best U.S. cities for shopping pretty much snubs New York City entirely--it winds up at #22 on a list of 25!--and instead focuses "the urban centers with the best combination of options, ease and affordability."

So how did Houston end up at the top of the list (with Dallas and San Antonio also inching into the top 10)? They have more square footage of retail than any other state, which means more opportunities to find what you need at the right price (when they say "everything's bigger in Texas," that includes malls!). Surprise contenders like Baltimore, Jacksonville, Columbus, and Phoenix also managed to edge out Los Angeles, Chicago, and NYC for shopper-friendliness, because those big cities have higher sales tax and fewer malls, both of which this list considered to be serious detriments to the shopping experience.

Check out the full ranking now:

  1. Houston, TX
  2. Dallas, TX
  3. Baltimore, MD
  4. Columbus, OH
  5. Indianapolis, IN
  6. Philadelphia, PA
  7. Phoenix, AZ
  8. San Antonio, TX
  9. Jacksonville, FL
  10. San Diego, CA
  11. Charlotte, NC
  12. Austin, TX
  13. Denver, CO
  14. Detroit, MI
  15. Chicago, IL
  16. Los Angeles, CA
  17. Milwaukee, WI
  18. Boston, MA
  19. Nashville, TN
  20. San Jose, CA
  21. El Paso, TX
  22. New York, NY
  23. Memphis, TN
  24. Seattle, WA
  25. San Francisco, CA

Did your city make the list? Where are your favorite places in the U.S. to shop? Do you find it's more convenient to go to a mall than a bunch of different free-standing stores? And are you surprised by this list? Discuss!


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