Love is in the air. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Amazon has released its list of the 20 most romantic cities in the United States. The tech giant based the rankings on sales data from cities with more than 100,000 residents on a per capita basis. You can learn a lot about a city’s collective digital footprint, including how freaky it gets. The press release explains how the company cooked up the list:
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 Adele, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Drake, Brad Paisley and Barry White (CDs and MP3 format); as well as the sales of sexual wellness products.
With a fondness for romantic comedies, love jams, and romance novels, here are the 20 cities that topped Amazon’s list of the 20 most romantic cities in America, based solely on what people order from Amazon:
20. Rochester, New York
19. Round Rock, Texas
18. Portland, Oregon
17. Las Vegas, Nevada
16. Tampa, Florida
15. Scottsdale, Arizona
14. Seattle, Washington: For its high volume orders of romance novels like First Comes Love by Emily Giffin and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Seattleites also streamed a lot of love songs.
13. Gainesville, Florida
12. Vancouver, Washington
11. Columbia, South Carolina
10. Ann Arbor, Michigan
9. Atlanta, Georgia: For its hunger for romance novels, including titles like Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
8. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
7. Cincinnati, Ohio
6. Knoxville, Tennessee
5. Salt Lake city, Utah
4. Orlando, Florida
3. Alexandria, Virginia
2. Miami, Florida
1. San Antonio, Texas
These aren’t necessarily the cities that would come to mind right away, but the data from Amazon shows that people in these locations are chock-full of fuzzy emotions. Who would’ve thought that Texas was the capital of romance? And while Florida might be sitting on a hellmouth, at least it has four of the most swoon-worthy cities in the country. Plus, there are plenty of Groupon and LivingSocial deals for a number of cities on the list.
Lovebirds purchased music by Adele, Brad Paisley, John Legend, and Drake, because apparently nothing’s more steamy than some bedroom fun with “One Dance” playing in the background. Amazon’s Alexa has also been the perfect wingman for these cities, with people requesting tunes like Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” and Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” from the home assistant. Amazon users also depended on Alexa to order flowers and chocolate truffles through voice commands.
Beyond their music tastes, people in the most romantic cities indulged in other entertainment, such as streaming The Age of Adaline and ordering romance novels. These areas also had a bump in sales of sexual wellness products.
OK, so Amazon’s list might not be the hottest romantic getaways for couples, but clearly these people are romance enthusiasts. Perhaps the list should be renamed the 20 thirstiest cities.Photos via Flickr / Kay Gaensler