Alexandria Ranked as Most Romantic City in America

The Commonwealth of Virginia has been removing the old state signs with the cardinal and dogwood that read ‘Virginia Welcomes You’ and replacing them with the old ‘Virginia is for Lovers’ slogan.

Turns out, Alexandria, Virginia is for lovers too as Alexandria has been named the most romantic city in the United States according to which today revealed its annual list of the Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S.

The list is determined by a compilation of sales data from cities with more than 100,000 residents on a per capita basis and includes purchases of romance novels and relationship books (both Kindle and print); romantic comedy movies (DVDs and digital); a curated list of romantic music, including artists like Barry White, Maxwell, Miguel, and Luther Vandross (CDs and MP3 format); as well as the sales of sexual wellness products.

Alexandria, Virginia was at number 1 in 2010 and 2011 as well.

The Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S. are:

  1. Alexandria, Va.
  2. Miami, Fla.
  3. Knoxville, Tenn.
  4. Orlando, Fla.
  5. Vancouver, Wash.
  6. Cincinnati, Ohio
  7. Columbia, S.C.
  8. Pittsburgh, Pa.
  9. Round Rock, Texas
  10. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  11. Atlanta, Ga.
  12. Salt Lake City, Utah
  13. Scottsdale, Ariz.
  14. Everett, Wash.
  15. Gainesville, Fla.
  16. Seattle, Wash.
  17. Wilmington, N.C.
  18. Rochester, N.Y.
  19. Dayton, Ohio
  20. Bellevue, Wash.

Some of the interesting finding in Amazon’s romantic data revealed that:

  • Customers turned to Amazon Echo to set the mood, with Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe coming in as the most requested Barry White song.
  • Virginia is for lovers, with Alexandria, Va., reclaiming its position as the most romantic city after five heartbreaking years away from the top spot.
  • Number three, Knoxville, Tenn., is keeping up its reputation as a city of love — ranking in the top three for the past five years in a row.
  • Miami, Fla. knows how to keep the passion alive, with the city purchasing the most sexual wellness products.
  • Love’s brewing in Washington, with four cities making the list this year: Vancouver, Everett, Seattle and Bellevue.
  • Sin City is saying hello from the other side, with Las Vegas, Nev. falling off the top 20 this year.

(Photo by Tony, on Flickr)