America’s 25 Best Cities For Shopping

We’ve crunched the numbers to bring you the U.S. cities where shopping is at its best. Surprise, surprise: New York, Miami and Los Angeles are nowhere near the top. Instead of fabulousness, our best cities are based on the nation’s largest cities (600,000 to 8 million) what they have to offer in terms of total number of retail locations and malls, sales tax, consumer price index and, yes, number of Walmarts. Following are the results, from top to bottom.

No. 1: Houston, Texas
16,938 retail locations
54 shopping centers
8.25% sales tax

No. 2: Phoenix, Ariz.

11,992 retail locations
40 shopping centers
7.3% sales tax

No. 3: Dallas, Texas

19,069 retail locations
28 shopping centers
8.25% sales tax

No. 4: Baltimore, Md.

9,536 retail locations
21 Shopping centers
6% sales tax

No. 5: Columbus, Ohio

5,712 retail locations
32 Shopping centers
6.75% sales tax

No. 6: Indianapolis, Ind.

5,955 retail locations
18 Shopping centers
7% sales tax

No. 7: Philadelphia, Pa.

20,970 retail locations
29 Shopping centers
8% sales tax

No. 8: San Antonio, Texas

5,913 retail locations
41 Shopping centers
8.13% sales tax

No. 9: Jacksonville, Fla.

5,190 retail locations
25 Shopping centers
7% sales tax

No. 10: San Diego, Calif.

9,948 retail locations
22 Shopping centers
8.75% sales tax

No. 11: Charlotte, N.C.

6,225 retail locations
21 Shopping centers
8.25% sales tax

No. 12: Austin, Texas

5,347 retail locations
31 Shopping centers
8.25% sales tax

No. 13: Denver, Colo.

8,476 retail locations
11 Shopping centers
7.72% sales tax

No. 14: Detroit, Mich.

15,985 retail locations
3 Shopping centers
6% sales tax

No. 15: Chicago, Ill.

30,234 retail locations
22 Shopping centers
9.75% sales tax

No. 16: Los Angeles, Calif.

40,170 retail locations
15 Shopping centers
9.75% sales tax

No. 17: Milwaukee, Wis.

5,012 retail locations
7 Shopping centers
5.6% sales tax

No. 18: Boston, Mass.

17,098 retail stores
7 Shopping centers
6.25% sales tax

No. 19: Nashville, Tenn.

5,869 retail locations
10 Shopping centers
9.25% sales tax

No. 20: San Jose, Calif.

5,421 retail locations
13 Shopping centers
9.25% sales tax

No. 21: El Paso, Texas

2,334 retail locations
13 Shopping centers
8.25% sales tax

No. 22: New York, N.Y.

75,619 retail locations
9 Shopping centers
8.88% sales tax

No. 23: Memphis, Tenn.

4,479 retail locations
24 Shopping centers
9.25% sales tax

No. 24: Seattle, Wash.

11,549 retail locations
9 Shopping centers
8.8% sales tax

No. 25: San Francisco, Calif.

14,412 retail locations
9 Shopping centers
9.5% sales tax