Special Report

Least Fashionable Cities in America

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40. Suffolk, VA
> Number of fashion stores: 19
> Median household income: $78,778

Located about 40 miles west of Virginia Beach, Suffolk is considered one of the least fashionable cities in the nation. It’s no question that Suffolk meets the needs for those who like boating and fishing, but the fashionistas will need to look elsewhere. Suffolk is home to only 19 retail stores that sell apparel and related fashion items.

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39. Waukesha, WI
> Number of fashion stores: 18
> Median household income: $61,058

Waukesha is one of the least chic cities in the U.S., with only 18 fashion-related stores in town. Such limited variation of stores likely hinders Waukesha residents’ ability to stay up to date with the latest trends. Milwaukee, which is just 20 miles east of Waukesha, offers a wider selection of retailers, with nearly 100 stores selling apparel.

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38. Casas Adobes, AZ
> Number of fashion stores: 18
> Median household income: $56,958

Casas Adobes is not exactly a fashion-centric place. In fact, it’s kind of the opposite. There are only 18 retailers selling apparel in the city. Casas Adobes is located only eight miles north of Tucson, which has 277 fashion-related stores.

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37. Columbus, IN
> Number of fashion stores: 18
> Median household income: $53,343

Columbus, Indiana, is the place to be for viewing modern architecture. In fact, the American Institute of Architects ranked Columbus sixth in the nation for architectural innovation, behind Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington D.C. This is even more impressive when considering that Columbus is home to only 46,474 people. As far as fashion goes, however, Columbus does not rank nearly high. In fact, it’s one of the worst places to stay current with fashion trends. There are only 18 stores that sell apparel and accessories in the city.

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36. Blaine, MN
> Number of fashion stores: 17
> Median household income: $80,216

As far as hiking and sports-related activities go, Blaine, Minnesota, will not disappoint. Located just over 10 miles north of downtown Minneapolis, Blaine is home to the 600-acre National Sports Center, an Olympic-class, multi-sport facility. In addition, Blaine also boasts 60 different parks and 140 miles worth of trails within the city’s proximity. As far as shopping experiences go, however, Northtown Mall is likely the best option, with many of Blaine’s 17 fashion-related stores located within it.

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