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In 2015, 151 million people went shopping over the Black Friday holiday weekend. The National Retail Federation estimates that each person spent nearly $300, bringing in retail totals upward of $45 billion.

While those numbers should be encouraging to retail stores, they can be daunting from a consumer perspective. No one wants to spend their day waiting in lines or fighting off aggressive crowds.

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To help make your Black Friday more manageable, FindTheHome, a real estate intelligence site by Graphiq, found the best cities for shopping in each state. Using 2016 data from Dun & Bradstreet, the team found the two cities in each state with the most shopping malls and centers.


To determine whether an establishment is a shopping mall the data experts looked at its Standard Industrial Classification code, which identifies the primary line of business of the establishment. The ranking starts with the top two cities in Alabama and progresses alphabetically through all the other states, listing the top two cities in each. Ties are broken by the shopping mall density per capita.

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As expected, the cities with the most shopping malls in many states are also the most populous. There are, however, some interesting exceptions. For instance, Richmond, Virginia, ranks as the second best city for shopping in that state, despite only being the fourth largest city. Additionally, in Louisiana, Baton Rouge beats out the more-populous New Orleans when it comes to shopping centers.

Note: Vermont only has one city with enough shopping malls to qualify.

Alabama

99. Mobile

  • Population: 194,942
  • Malls: 16 (0.8 per 10,000 people)

98. Montgomery

  • Population: 204,095
  • Malls: 17 (0.8 per 10,000 people)

Alaska

97. Fairbanks

  • Population: 32,100
  • Malls: 6 (1.9 per 10,000 people)

96. Anchorage

  • Population: 298,178
  • Malls: 14 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

Arizona

95. Tucson

  • Population: 525,031
  • Malls: 25 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

94. Phoenix

  • Population: 1,490,758
  • Malls: 74 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

Arkansas

93. Fort Smith

  • Population: 87,193
  • Malls: 8 (0.9 per 10,000 people)

92. Little Rock

  • Population: 196,188
  • Malls: 13 (0.7 per 10,000 people)

California

91. San Diego

  • Population: 1,341,510
  • Malls: 67 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

90. Los Angeles

  • Population: 3,862,210
  • Malls: 227 (0.6 per 10,000 people)

Colorado

89. Aurora

  • Population: 339,480
  • Malls: 22 (0.6 per 10,000 people)

88. Denver

  • Population: 633,777
  • Malls: 47 (0.7 per 10,000 people)

Connecticut

87. Hartford

  • Population: 125,211
  • Malls: 6 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

86. Stamford

  • Population: 125,401
  • Malls: 11 (0.9 per 10,000 people)

Delaware

85. Newark

  • Population: 32,278
  • Malls: 2 (0.6 per 10,000 people)

84. Wilmington

  • Population: 71,263
  • Malls: 4 (0.6 per 10,000 people)

Florida

83. Jacksonville

  • Population: 837,533
  • Malls: 41 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

82. Miami

  • Population: 416,432
  • Malls: 54 (1.3 per 10,000 people)

Georgia

81. Savannah

  • Population: 141,298
  • Malls: 15 (1.1 per 10,000 people)

80. Atlanta

  • Population: 440,641
  • Malls: 34 (0.8 per 10,000 people)

Hawaii

79. Kahului

  • Population: 27,339
  • Malls: 7 (2.6 per 10,000 people)

78. Urban Honolulu

  • Population: 345,130
  • Malls: 48 (1.4 per 10,000 people)

Idaho

77. Idaho Falls

  • Population: 57,935
  • Malls: 5 (0.9 per 10,000 people)

76. Boise

  • Population: 211,655
  • Malls: 13 (0.6 per 10,000 people)

Illinois

75. Schaumburg

  • Population: 74,560
  • Malls: 9 (1.2 per 10,000 people)

74. Chicago

  • Population: 2,712,608
  • Malls: 400 (1.5 per 10,000 people)

Indiana

73. Fort Wayne

  • Population: 255,784
  • Malls: 12 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

72. Indianapolis

  • Population: 835,097
  • Malls: 40 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

Iowa

71. Davenport

  • Population: 101,316
  • Malls: 7 (0.7 per 10,000 people)

70. Des Moines

  • Population: 206,702
  • Malls: 9 (0.4 per 10,000 people)

Kansas

69. Wichita

  • Population: 385,518
  • Malls: 16 (0.4 per 10,000 people)

68. Overland Park

  • Population: 178,945
  • Malls: 16 (0.9 per 10,000 people)

Kentucky

67. Lexington-Fayette

  • Population: 304,473
  • Malls: 23 (0.8 per 10,000 people)

66. Louisville/Jefferson County

  • Population: 605,762
  • Malls: 27 (0.4 per 10,000 people)

Louisiana

65. New Orleans

  • Population: 368,471
  • Malls: 17 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

64. Baton Rouge

  • Population: 229,353
  • Malls: 23 (1 per 10,000 people)

Maine

63. South Portland

  • Population: 25,154
  • Malls: 3 (1.2 per 10,000 people)

62. Portland

  • Population: 66,317
  • Malls: 7 (1.1 per 10,000 people)

Maryland

61. Baltimore

  • Population: 622,271
  • Malls: 23 (0.4 per 10,000 people)

60. Columbia

  • Population: 102,116
  • Malls: 38 (3.7 per 10,000 people)

Massachusetts

59. Springfield

  • Population: 153,836
  • Malls: 6 (0.4 per 10,000 people)

58. Boston

  • Population: 639,594
  • Malls: 23 (0.4 per 10,000 people)

Michigan

57. Southfield

  • Population: 72,480
  • Malls: 17 (2.3 per 10,000 people)

56. Detroit

  • Population: 695,437
  • Malls: 21 (0.3 per 10,000 people)

Minnesota

55. St. Paul

  • Population: 291,728
  • Malls: 14 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

54. Minneapolis

  • Population: 394,424
  • Malls: 29 (0.7 per 10,000 people)

Mississippi

53. Tupelo

  • Population: 35,345
  • Malls: 5 (1.4 per 10,000 people)

52. Jackson

  • Population: 173,631
  • Malls: 6 (0.3 per 10,000 people)

Missouri

51. Springfield

  • Population: 162,333
  • Malls: 11 (0.7 per 10,000 people)

50. Kansas City

  • Population: 465,005
  • Malls: 21 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

Montana

49. Billings

  • Population: 106,979
  • Malls: 6 (0.6 per 10,000 people)

48. Missoula

  • Population: 68,377
  • Malls: 8 (1.2 per 10,000 people)

Nebraska

47. Lincoln

  • Population: 265,811
  • Malls: 9 (0.3 per 10,000 people)

46. Omaha

  • Population: 435,454
  • Malls: 34 (0.8 per 10,000 people)

Nevada

45. Paradise

  • Population: 223,182
  • Malls: 26 (1.2 per 10,000 people)

44. Las Vegas

  • Population: 597,353
  • Malls: 30 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

New Hampshire

43. Nashua

  • Population: 86,799
  • Malls: 5 (0.6 per 10,000 people)

42. Manchester

  • Population: 110,065
  • Malls: 6 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

New Jersey

41. Englewood

  • Population: 27,435
  • Malls: 9 (3.3 per 10,000 people)

40. Paramus

  • Population: 26,612
  • Malls: 14 (5.3 per 10,000 people)

New Mexico

39. Las Cruces

  • Population: 100,360
  • Malls: 5 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

38. Albuquerque

  • Population: 553,576
  • Malls: 25 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

New York

37. Syracuse

  • Population: 144,648
  • Malls: 19 (1.3 per 10,000 people)

36. New York City

  • Population: 8,354,889
  • Malls: 238 (0.3 per 10,000 people)

North Carolina

35. Raleigh

  • Population: 423,287
  • Malls: 29 (0.7 per 10,000 people)

34. Charlotte

  • Population: 774,807
  • Malls: 46 (0.6 per 10,000 people)

North Dakota

33. West Fargo

  • Population: 28,371
  • Malls: 2 (0.7 per 10,000 people)

32. Fargo

  • Population: 110,725
  • Malls: 5 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

Ohio

31. Cincinnati

  • Population: 297,117
  • Malls: 15 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

30. Columbus

  • Population: 811,943
  • Malls: 60 (0.7 per 10,000 people)

Oklahoma

29. Oklahoma City

  • Population: 600,729
  • Malls: 29 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

28. Tulsa

  • Population: 395,599
  • Malls: 42 (1.1 per 10,000 people)

Oregon

27. Medford

  • Population: 76,648
  • Malls: 10 (1.3 per 10,000 people)

26. Portland

  • Population: 602,568
  • Malls: 20 (0.3 per 10,000 people)

Pennsylvania

25. Pittsburgh

  • Population: 306,045
  • Malls: 25 (0.8 per 10,000 people)

24. Philadelphia

  • Population: 1,546,920
  • Malls: 42 (0.3 per 10,000 people)

Rhode Island

23. Warwick

  • Population: 82,065
  • Malls: 4 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

22. Providence

  • Population: 178,562
  • Malls: 6 (0.3 per 10,000 people)

South Carolina

21. Hilton Head Island

  • Population: 38,497
  • Malls: 7 (1.8 per 10,000 people)

20. Charleston

  • Population: 125,458
  • Malls: 11 (0.9 per 10,000 people)

South Dakota

19. Rapid City

  • Population: 70,126
  • Malls: 5 (0.7 per 10,000 people)

18. Sioux Falls

  • Population: 160,964
  • Malls: 8 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

Tennessee

17. Nashville-Davidson

  • Population: 624,261
  • Malls: 28 (0.4 per 10,000 people)

16. Memphis

  • Population: 656,715
  • Malls: 36 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

Texas

15. Dallas

  • Population: 1,240,985
  • Malls: 108 (0.9 per 10,000 people)

14. Houston

  • Population: 2,167,988
  • Malls: 166 (0.8 per 10,000 people)

Utah

13. Orem

  • Population: 90,485
  • Malls: 8 (0.9 per 10,000 people

12. Salt Lake City

  • Population: 189,267
  • Malls: 12 (0.6 per 10,000 people)

Vermont

11. Burlington

  • Population: 42,342
  • Malls: 4 (0.9 per 10,000 people)

Virginia

10. Richmond

  • Population: 211,063
  • Malls: 14 (0.7 per 10,000 people)

9. Virginia Beach

  • Population: 445,623
  • Malls: 37 (0.8 per 10,000 people)

Washington

8. Bellevue

  • Population: 132,268
  • Malls: 12 (0.9 per 10,000 people)

7. Seattle

  • Population: 637,850
  • Malls: 37 (0.6 per 10,000 people)

West Virginia

6. Charleston

  • Population: 50,911
  • Malls: 5 (1 per 10,000 people)

5. Morgantown

  • Population: 30,133
  • Malls: 5 (1.7 per 10,000 people)

Wisconsin

4. Milwaukee

  • Population: 598,078
  • Malls: 10 (0.2 per 10,000 people)

3. Madison

  • Population: 239,848
  • Malls: 26 (1.1 per 10,000 people)

Wyoming

2. Casper

  • Population: 57,815
  • Malls: 3 (0.5 per 10,000 people)

1. Cheyenne

  • Population: 61,470
  • Malls: 4 (0.7 per 10,000 people)
Alex Greer, FindTheHome |