The Biggest Shopping Cities Will Make You Drop


confessions of a shopaholicPerhaps it has something to do with the Kardashians (doesn't everything?), but we've become a nation of clothing/style/beauty-obsessed maniacs, who shop -- online and in real life -- 'til we pretty much drop. Here in New York City -- what some perceive to be the fashion capital of the world -- it seems like everywhere I go, every corner I turn, some girl or guy is holding a shopping bag while killing it in some fancy new duds. And forget about trying to pop in to H&M after work, the store is always slammed. Seems like there's not a single moment when people aren't shopping here.

So, it's shocking that my fair, image-conscious city did not make the "Top 10 Shopaholic Cities in the U.S." list. But what's even more shocking is the city that's number one!

After collecting data from the 100 most populous cities and tracking spending for a full year, Bundle recently discovered that Washington, D.C. is not just our nation's capital, but our nation's shopping capital. According to the survey, the average American spends $142.08 a month on clothes, shoes, etc., while the average D.C. resident spends $263 a month. Who knew?

Here's the rest of the list:

2. Arlington, Va.: $254.58

3. Nashville, Tenn.: $251.17

4. Scottsdale, Ariz.: $243.17

5. Dallas, Texas: $228.58

6. San Francisco, Calif.: $227.42

7. San Jose, Calif.: $221.17

8. Seattle, Wash.: $221.17

9. Austin, Texas: $213

10. Bakersfield, Calif.: $201.50

The thing that stands out about all of these cities is, well, they've all got some cash. While I was initially surprised that neither New York nor Los Angeles made the list, I soon realized that these numbers are averages -- and both NYC and LA have plenty of low-income households to balance out the higher-earning ones. That said, though, I'm glad neither city earned a spot, 'cause it's about time some other cities got wraps for being self-absorbed and style-obsessed.

I've lived in both places, and I can firmly attest to the fact that: They are style/image/everything superficial-obsessed. But, when I think about it, so is everywhere else I go. I think New York and Los Angeles just take the most heat because A) they have the most outrageous characters living there, and B) they have the most outrageous style. Not to pigeon-hole any cities here, but chances are you're not going to see the same kind of clothes in New York that you will in Scottsdale, Arizona. It's a different kind of shopping culture.

That said, I'm not sure if it's really comforting to know that pretty much all of the United States is filled with shopaholics. Particularly D.C. I mean, isn't that the city that's supposed to be getting us out of the deficit? Dang.

Did your city make the list? Are you surprised at the list?

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douxm... douxmusique

"Perhaps it has something to do with the Kardashians (doesn't everything?), but we've become a nation of clothing/style/beauty-obsessed maniacs, who shop -- online and in real life -- 'til we pretty much drop"

yep pretty sure it has a lot to do with the media.

Im surprised by the list in the fact that the average PER MONTH is so much. I guess that takes into account all the people who spend less than $50 per month (or per 6 months) on clothing for a family of 5 and balances it out with people who think a sweater priced at $150 is reasonable.

Kritika Kritika

I live in metro DC. The amount of money around here is disgusting. Consider this: There are FIVE Louis Vuittons in the metro DC area (that I know of) and some of those are nearly next door to one another. Some cities have only one if any at all. We have to hold off on having kids now because we can't afford the day care around here. What we paid for our condo I could have bought a mansion in my native metro ATL...where I'm trying to convince my hubby to move shopping habit doesn't help either so I guess I prove your statistics to be correct :)

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Those averages are insane! I don't know anyone who spends anything like that. I don't spend anything like that in a year. The last thing I bought was a pair of boots for $35 and before that I'm pretty sure it was an $18 dress back in April or May and I think that's it for this year. Tell a lie, I also bought a couple of tanks for the gym when they were $2 each at old navy. Less than $5 a month average.

mille... millerbunch

yea, i don't spend that

Bmat Bmat

No, my city isn't on the list. I don't think I'm surprised, I don't know about all of the cities, but I'd think the cities with more affluent populations would spend more.

LikeA... LikeAVirgin

My city is number 5! I would say $228 is about right.

Caitlin Woodward

Not surprised at all by that! I lived in northern VA for three years before moving to southern California a few months ago and I've seen the shopping in Arlington and DC! Definitely not terribly surprised by that.

ceciliam ceciliam

My city is not on the list.

nonmember avatar Francesca

I'm not surprised it's DC, because they have the lowest unemployment rate in the country. While much of the rest of the US is struggling with 10% or higher unemployment, Obama's administration keeps adding to the government payroll. The rest of us, employed in the private sector, are supporting those government employee fat cats who can afford to spend $254 per month to support their excess materialism. Remember THAT when the next presidential election comes around!

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