25 Best Shopping Cities In The U.S.

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Real Estate Agent with RLO Millennium Real Estate and Mortgage.

25 Best Shopping Cities In The U.S.

According to Forbes Magazine when it comes to shopping, everyone has their own style. Some of us are in-and-out. We know what we want, we know where to find it and we'd like to be on our way, thank-you-very-much. Others are in heaven strolling through well-lit retail centers, window shopping to our heart's delight, even if there's nothing we "need." And some of us are on the hunt for a bargain-if it isn't on sale, it's not on the list.

Here are the following lists:

No. 1: Houston, Texas

16,938 retail locations-54 shopping centers-8.25% sales tax

No. 2: Dallas, Texas

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

No. 3: Baltimore, Md.

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

No. 4: Columbus, Ohio

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

No. 5: Indianapolis, Ind.

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

No. 6: Philadelphia, Pa.

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

No. 7: Phoenix, Ariz.

11,992 retail locations-40 shopping centers-9.3% sales tax

No. 8: San Antonio, Texas

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

No. 9: Jacksonville, Fla.

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

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

This is just an FYI only!

Happy shopping!

Thanks.

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Catherine Ulrey
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I am surprised we aren't on the list, no sales tax!

Dec 17, 2010 01:23 AM #1
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Tim Lorenz
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Oh yea I knew LA would be there my wife told me so a long time ago.

Dec 17, 2010 01:36 AM #2
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Adam Malachi
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Hello Catherine,

I'm surprised too! Maybe next time!

Thanks for your comments!

Adam

Dec 17, 2010 01:45 AM #3
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Adam Malachi
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Hello Tim

Your wife is right! She is a keeper!

Thanks for your comments!

Adam

Dec 17, 2010 01:47 AM #4
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Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers
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I hope the next RainCamps are in either Texas and California.

Dec 17, 2010 08:57 AM #5
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Lorraine Sayer
Monument, Black Forest, Falcon, Fountain homes - Colorado Springs, CO
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Well I've checked off 8 of the above but I guess I've got a few more places to try out!  Hmmm who's going to be next? I try to mix in my hunt for the best restaurants with shopping and so far in my opinion Seattle is the winner for best restaurants. 

Dec 17, 2010 09:11 AM #6
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Nick T Pappas
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Adam, I'm a little surprised to see New York and Chicago so far down on the list...I'm trying to figure out the criteria Forbes used to determine this list.

Dec 17, 2010 06:59 PM #7
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Dawn A Fabiszak
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Adam ~ wow, Chi-town has the highest tax rate.  9.75% is just crazy.

Dec 18, 2010 10:42 PM #8
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I'm not surprised that nowhere in Hawaii is on that list.  Shopping has always been a challenge here on Maui, but it's getting better.

Dec 21, 2010 06:01 PM #9
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