America’s Most Romantic Cities

True love finds a home in any city or town, but some places seem to be more conducive to romance than others. With Valentine’s Day approaching fast, it’s a good time to peruse a listing of America’s most romantic cities.

Online restaurant reservations service OpenTable has put together just such a list.

The company said that the OpenTable Most Romantic Cities Index was calculated using three variables: “the percentage of restaurants rated “romantic” according to OpenTable diner reviews; the percentage of tables seated for two; and the percentage of people who dined out for Valentine’s Day last year.”

By this measure, the top 25 cities for romance include:

  1. Virginia Beach, Virginia
  2. Newport, Rhode Island
  3. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  4. Atlantic City, New Jersey
  5. Santa Fe, New Mexico
  6. Birmingham, Alabama
  7. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  8. Omaha, Nebraska
  9. St. Louis, Missouri
  10. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  11. Baltimore, Maryland
  12. San Antonio, Texas
  13. Annapolis, Maryland
  14. Madison, Wisconsin
  15. Fort Worth, Texas
  16. Greenville, South Carolina
  17. Memphis, Tennessee
  18. Louisville, Kentucky
  19. Savannah, Georgia
  20. Austin, Texas
  21. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  22. Greensboro, North Carolina
  23. Chicago, Illinois
  24. Lexington, Kentucky
  25. Columbus, Ohio

We’re rooting for Columbus this year. Sure, it “only” ranked 25th, but this is a city with grit, and spirit. Show them what you’re made of, Columbus!

The top cities would seem to have little in common, other than their romantic inclinations. It’s interesting to note as well that none of the country’s biggest cities made the top 10. True romance comes in all sizes, it seems.

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