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Forbes Snubs New York in Best American Shopping Cities Ranking

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Forbes has released another one of its lists—this time ranking the top-25 Best Shopping Cities in America. And while we would suggest taking the magazine's ranking systems with a grain of salt—this is the publication that ranks Harvard the eighth best college in the US, followed by Claremont McKenna, followed by Yale (sorry Claremont McKenna, you're a great school, but we're talking about Yale here)—Forbes has completely snubbed New York City, leaving it out of the top-10 altogether. In fact, New York comes in at number 22—sandwiched in between El Paso, Texas, and Memphis, Tennessee. Really?

Writer Meghan Casserly explains that factors that came into play include number of shopping malls/centers, leasable retail space, and wallet-friendliness—the presence of many (6!) Walmarts apparently gave Phoenix a huge boost (no, we're serious, this is the Forbes criteria). Anyway, without further ado, here's Forbes' rundown of the top-25 Shopping Cities in the US.

In rank order, Forbes says these are the best shopping cities:
1. Houston, TX
2. Dallas, TX
3. Baltimore, MD
4. Columbus, OH
5. Indianapolis, IN
6. Philadelphia, PA
7. Phoenix, AZ
8. San Antonio, TX
9. Jacksonville, FL
10. San Diego, CA
11. Charlotte, NC
12. Austin, TX
13. Denver, CO
14. Detroit, MI
15. Chicago, IL
16. Los Angeles, CA
17. Milwaukee, WI
18. Boston, MA
19. Nashville, TN
20. San Jose, CA
21. El Paso, TX
22. New York, NY
23. Memphis, TN
24. Seattle, WA
25. San Francisco, CA
· The Best Shopping Cities in the US [Forbes]