Amazon made a list of the Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S. 

If you had to guess, which cities would you think would be on that list?

If you were thinking New York City, we were right there with you. We were on the list of most beautiful cities in the world, no problem. We hit right up there on the list of best restaurants, without an issue. Even our hotels did well on the list of best hotels.

So when we heard that NYC didn't make it onto Amazon's list, we were definitely perplexed. Isn't beauty, good restaurants, and nice hotels exactly what would make a city romantic?

Still, the list doesn't budge. The fact of the matter is, Amazon's list of most romantic cities is out, and NYC isn't on it. Do we feel like we just got cut from the team? Sort of.

NBC reported which cities did make Amazon's list. 

The city that scored the top spot? We could hardly believe it, but, the answer was Alexandria, Virginia. Yes, that's right. Alexandria Virginia made the list and NYC didn't.


What's more is that this isn't Alexandria's first time at the top of this prestigious list. They claimed the top spot in both 2010 and 2011 as well.

Now you're probably wondering how Amazon determines this list. They base it on sales data from cities with more than 100,000 residents.

This sales data includes purchases per capita of romance novels and relationship books, romantic comedy movies and downloads of romantic music by artists like Barry White and Luther Vandross.

The sales data also includes per capita sales of sexual wellness products.

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So, okay, maybe we aren't reading so many romance novels from Amazon nor downloading romance movies. Here's an idea, Amazon. Maybe we're too busy buying our romance novels at independent bookstores, or maybe we just aren't that interested in romance.

Okay, that's probably it. Since we aren't that interested in pursuing romance ourselves here in NYC, it also stands to reason that we wouldn't be that interested in reading about it or watching movies about it.

So we guess we're not that bummed to be on this list, but we're definitely still annoyed. Here's who else made it.

  1. Alexandria, Virginia
  2. Miami, Florida
  3. Knoxville, Tennesee
  4. Orlando, Florida
  5. Vancouver, Washington
  6. Cincinnati, Ohio
  7. Columbia, S.C.
  8. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  9. Round Rock, Texas
  10. Ann Arbor, Michigan

Numbers 11 through 20 were as follows: Atlanta; Salt Lake City; Scottsdale; Everett, Washington; Gainesville, Florida; Seattle; Wilmington, North Carolina; Rochester, New York; Dayton, Ohio, and Bellevue, Washington.


Cool, Washington state. We're super happy for you that you had four cities on the list.

We're glad one New York city made it, at least. Good work, Rochester? Wait, really? Okay. We're coming for you next year, though.

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[via NBC] [Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]