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Turns Out Virginia Really Is For Lovers, Amazon Romance Survey Says

It's like the bumper sticker says: Virginia is for lovers.

Amazon is out with its list of the Top 20 Most Romantic Cities right here in the U.S., and some of them may surprise you.

Virginia Is For Lovers: Alexandria ranked most romantic city in the U.S. by Amazon.com Photo Credit: Cameron Davidson Breen, Marcia (206477453)

The online retailer's list rolled out every year around Valentine's Day, calls Alexandria, Virginia the most romantic city in the country. This is the third time the city has claimed the top spot — it was also listed as number one in 2010 and 2011.

Amazon bases its romantic city rankings on sales data from cities with more than 100,000 residents. It 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. It also includes sales per capita of sexual wellness products.

Here's the top 10:

  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

Rounding out the top 20 were Atlanta; Salt Lake City; Scottsdale; Everett, Washington; Gainesville, Florida; Seattle; Wilmington, North Carolina; Rochester, New York; Dayton, Ohio and Bellevue, Washington.

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Some other interesting findings in Amazon's romantic data? Love apparently really is brewing in Washington state with four cities making the list this year. This is the third year in a row that Knoxville, Tennessee has made the top 10. Sin City fell out of the top 20 altogether this year after Las Vegas made the list for four years in a row. And Miami apparently knows how to keep the passion alive, ranking first in the purchase of sexual wellness products.