Alexandria ranks as most romantic city

Bustling cities in nearby Maryland and Virginia offer a multitude of gastronomic, retail and entertainment options within easy reach of the nation's capital. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Virginia is for Lovers, says the commonwealth’s tourism slogan, and Amazon agrees.

Amazon’s annual ranking of the most romantic cities, out every year around Valentine’s Day, calls Alexandria the most romantic city in the nation.

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 such as Barry White and Luther Vandross.  It also includes sales per capita of sexual wellness products.

Alexandria was also ranked No. 1 in 2010 and 2011.

Here’s the top 10:

  •  Alexandria, Virginia
  • Miami, Florida
  • Knoxville, Tennesee
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Vancouver, Washington
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Columbia, S.C.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Round Rock, Texas
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan

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