Houston rated America's No. 1 shopping city
Can you hear the siren song of the Galleria? Forbes can.
When it comes to shopping meccas, the Galleria and the rest of Houston simply can't be beat, according to Forbes, which has ranked us as the top American city for shopping.
To measure what makes a city click for both fashionistas and bargain hounds, Forbes tallied the number of major shopping centers, individual retail locations, the consumer price index, sales tax and even the number of Walmarts in every United States city with a population over 600,000.
Texas cities were big, with a quarter of the nation's 257 million square feet of gross leasable retail area in the state. Houston came out on top with almost 17,000 retail locations and 54 shopping centers.
Dallas came in third with 19,000 retail spaces and 28 malls, behind No. 2 Phoenix. Texas cities San Antonio (No. 8), Austin (No .12) and El Paso (No. 21) also represented.
Big cities with designer presence like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco scored towards the bottom of the top 25, with a lack of malls and high sales tax and prices the chief factors. Even New York's 75,000 retail locations couldn't move it above No. 22.
Now if only Houston could wrangle an H&M, we'd really have it all.
Editor's note: For more, check out KTRK Ch. 13's extensive photo gallery on Houston's shopping power.