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    Biggest city for holiday shopping in every state

    Ah, the holidays. A time when the scent of pumpkin spice wafts from every Starbucks coast to coast, family and friends gather together to break bread, and millions of Americans flock to their local malls to stock up on gifts.

    In 2016 alone, more than 154 million people went shopping over Black Friday weekend, which was roughly 3 million more than the year before, according to the National Retail Federation. While those numbers should be encouraging to anyone fearing a retail slump, they might also feel overwhelming for those of us preparing to brave the mall crowds over the next few weeks.

    To help crack the code on holiday shopping and inspire some serious confidence in us all, we took a look at the best city for holiday shopping in every state. We used 2017 data from geographic data and analytics company Esri to identify the city with the largest amount of gross leasable area populated by shopping malls and centers in every state.  Esri’s data on major shopping centers contains statistics for over 8,000 shopping centers with 225,000 or more square feet of gross leasable area.

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    #50: Wyoming - Casper

    Gross leasable area: 1,077,636 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 2
    Total stores: 85

    Biggest shopping center: Eastridge Mall, opened in 1982
    Gross leasable area: 569,936 square feet
    Total stores: 64

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    #49: Vermont - South Burlington

    Gross leasable area: 1,094,040 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 2
    Total stores: 137

    Biggest shopping center: University Mall, opened in 1979
    Gross leasable area: 609,000 square feet
    Total stores: 76

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    #48: Montana - Kalispell

    Gross leasable area: 1,628,828 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 4
    Total stores: 91

    Biggest shopping center: Spring Prairie Center, opened in 2006
    Gross leasable area: 600,000 square feet
    Total stores: 30

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    #47: Rhode Island - Warwick

    Gross leasable area: 2,033,427 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 4
    Total stores: 166

    Biggest shopping center: Warwick Mall, opened in 1970
    Gross leasable area: 1,000,000 square feet
    Total stores: 90

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    #46: North Dakota - Bismarck

    Gross leasable area: 2,136,897 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 5
    Total stores: 204

    Biggest shopping center: Kirkwood Mall, opened in 1970
    Gross leasable area: 849,808 square feet
    Total stores: 80

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    #45: Maine - Augusta

    Gross leasable area: 2,172,882 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 4
    Total stores: 103

    Biggest shopping center: The Marketplace at Augusta, opened in 1995
    Gross leasable area: 1,300,000 square feet
    Total stores: 57

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    #44: Massachusetts - Boston

    Gross leasable area: 2,380,663 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 8
    Total stores: 345

    Biggest shopping center: The Shops at Prudential Center, opened in 1993
    Gross leasable area: 620,000 square feet
    Total stores: 62

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    #43: West Virginia - Charleston

    Gross leasable area: 2,510,694 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 4
    Total stores: 229

    Biggest shopping center: Southridge Center, opened in 1993
    Gross leasable area: 990,946 square feet
    Total stores: 20

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    #42: Utah - Sandy

    Gross leasable area: 2,591,132 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 6
    Total stores: 300

    Biggest shopping center: The Shops at South Town, opened in 1986
    Gross leasable area: 1,279,485 square feet
    Total stores: 150

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    #41: New Hampshire - Nashua

    Gross leasable area: 2,617,878 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 7
    Total stores: 259

    Biggest shopping center: Pheasant Lane Mall, opened in 1986
    Gross leasable area: 980,000 square feet
    Total stores: 147

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    #40: South Dakota - Sioux Falls

    Gross leasable area: 2,652,199 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 4
    Total stores: 227

    Biggest shopping center: The Empire Mall, opened in 1975
    Gross leasable area: 1,364,921 square feet
    Total stores: 157

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    #39: Idaho - Boise

    Gross leasable area: 3,113,156 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 6
    Total stores: 342

    Biggest shopping center: Boise Towne Square, opened in 1998
    Gross leasable area: 1,213,000 square feet
    Total stores: 179

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    #38: Connecticut - Manchester

    Gross leasable area: 3,219,429 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 7
    Total stores: 415

    Biggest shopping center: The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, opened in 1990
    Gross leasable area: 1,072,784 square feet
    Total stores: 149

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    #37: Alaska - Anchorage

    Gross leasable area: 3,264,502 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 1
    Total stores: 451

    Biggest shopping center: Tikahtnu Commons, opened in 2008
    Gross leasable area: 842,000 square feet
    Total stores: 53

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    #36: Mississippi - Jackson

    Gross leasable area: 3,268,138 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 9
    Total stores: 339

    Biggest shopping center: Metrocenter Mall, opened in 1978
    Gross leasable area: 1,153,723 square feet
    Total stores: 65

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    #35: Arkansas - Little Rock

    Gross leasable area: 3,333,207 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 10
    Total stores: 493

    Biggest shopping center: Shackleford Crossings, opened in 2007
    Gross leasable area: 572,973 square feet
    Total stores: 41

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    #34: Louisiana - Lafayette

    Gross leasable area: 3,603,369 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 9
    Total stores: 372

    Biggest shopping center: Acadiana Mall, opened in 1979
    Gross leasable area: 1,000,648 square feet
    Total stores: 120

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    #33: Wisconsin - Madison

    Gross leasable area: 3,681,752 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 7
    Total stores: 410

    Biggest shopping center: West Towne Mall, opened in 1970
    Gross leasable area: 1,158,620 square feet
    Total stores: 115

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    #32: Iowa - West Des Moines

    Gross leasable area: 3,835,995 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 5
    Total stores: 414

    Biggest shopping center: Jordan Creek Town Center, opened in 2004
    Gross leasable area: 1,354,785 square feet
    Total stores: 152

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    #31: Delaware - Wilmington

    Gross leasable area: 4,017,949 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 9
    Total stores: 306

    Biggest shopping center: Concord Mall, opened in 1968
    Gross leasable area: 960,000 square feet
    Total stores: 75

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    #30: Hawaii - Urban Honolulu

    Gross leasable area: 4,296,683 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 7
    Total stores: 931

    Biggest shopping center: Ala Moana Center, opened in 1959
    Gross leasable area: 2,100,000 square feet
    Total stores: 336

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    #29: Washington - Seattle

    Gross leasable area: 4,339,832 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 9
    Total stores: 1,001

    Biggest shopping center: Northgate Mall, opened in 1950
    Gross leasable area: 1,054,000 square feet
    Total stores: 127

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    #28: Michigan - Sterling Heights

    Gross leasable area: 4,439,261 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 10
    Total stores: 380

    Biggest shopping center: Lakeside Mall, opened in 1976
    Gross leasable area: 1,550,450 square feet
    Total stores: 121

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    #27: Oregon - Portland

    Gross leasable area: 4,597,465 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 8
    Total stores: 455

    Biggest shopping center: Lloyd Center, opened in 1960
    Gross leasable area: 1,271,821 square feet
    Total stores: 155

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    #26: Maryland - Baltimore

    Gross leasable area: 5,042,855 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 16
    Total stores: 610

    Biggest shopping center: Harbor East, opened in 2005
    Gross leasable area: 1,000,000 square feet
    Total stores: 47

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    #25: Minnesota - Bloomington

    Gross leasable area: 5,135,348 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 2
    Total stores: 560

    Biggest shopping center: Mall of America, opened in 1992
    Gross leasable area: 4,600,000 square feet
    Total stores: 520

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    #24: Kansas - Wichita

    Gross leasable area: 5,198,736 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 9
    Total stores: 476

    Biggest shopping center: Towne East Square, opened in 1975
    Gross leasable area: 1,134,000 square feet
    Total stores: 102

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    #23: Alabama - Birmingham

    Gross leasable area: 5,748,056 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 14
    Total stores: 609

    Biggest shopping center: The Summit, opened in 1997
    Gross leasable area: 960,000 square feet
    Total stores: 75

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    #22: Kentucky - Lexington-Fayette

    Gross leasable area: 5,845,143 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 14
    Total stores: 626

    Biggest shopping center: Fayette Mall, opened in 1971
    Gross leasable area: 1,190,905 square feet
    Total stores: 185

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    #21: South Carolina - Columbia

    Gross leasable area: 6,143,484 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 13
    Total stores: 562

    Biggest shopping center: Village at Sandhill, opened in 2005
    Gross leasable area: 1,500,000 square feet
    Total stores: 129

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    #20: New Jersey - Paramus

    Gross leasable area: 6,262,398 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 8
    Total stores: 565

    Biggest shopping center: Westfield Garden State Plaza, opened in 1957
    Gross leasable area: 2,180,702 square feet
    Total stores: 326

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    #19: Virginia - Virginia Beach

    Gross leasable area: 6,854,646 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 14
    Total stores: 840

    Biggest shopping center: Lynnhaven Mall, opened in 1981
    Gross leasable area: 1,167,192 square feet
    Total stores: 133

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    #18: New Mexico - Albuquerque

    Gross leasable area: 6,898,042 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 15
    Total stores: 656

    Biggest shopping center: Winrock Town Ctr & The Corner at Winrock, opened in 1961
    Gross leasable area: 1,125,000 square feet
    Total stores: 60

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    #17: Nebraska - Omaha

    Gross leasable area: 6,917,780 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 17
    Total stores: 772

    Biggest shopping center: Westroads Mall, opened in 1968
    Gross leasable area: 1,200,000 square feet
    Total stores: 122

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    #16: Missouri - Kansas City

    Gross leasable area: 8,004,477 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers:16
    Total stores: 759

    Biggest shopping center: Zona Rosa, opened in 2004
    Gross leasable area: 980,500 square feet
    Total stores: 135

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    #15: Oklahoma - Oklahoma City

    Gross leasable area: 8,381,471 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 17
    Total stores: 914

    Biggest shopping center: Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads, opened in 1974
    Gross leasable area: 1,268,116 square feet
    Total stores: 65

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    #14: Georgia - Atlanta

    Gross leasable area: 8,854,294 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 26
    Total stores: 1,207

    Biggest shopping center: Lenox Square, opened in 1959
    Gross leasable area: 1,559,000 square feet
    Total stores: 191

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    #13: Colorado - Colorado Springs

    Gross leasable area: 9,569,798 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 21
    Total stores: 956

    Biggest shopping center: Chapel Hills Mall, opened in 1982
    Gross leasable area: 1,200,000 square feet
    Total stores: 154

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    #12: Nevada - Las Vegas

    Gross leasable area: 9,969,021 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 25
    Total stores: 1,274

    Biggest shopping center: Meadows Mall, opened in 1978
    Gross leasable area: 945,000 square feet
    Total stores: 116

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    #11: Tennessee - Memphis

    Gross leasable area: 10,711,363 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 25
    Total stores: 966

    Biggest shopping center: Wolfchase Galleria, opened in 1997
    Gross leasable area: 1,152,196 square feet
    Total stores: 132

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    #10: Indiana - Indianapolis

    Gross leasable area: 10,852,095 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 23
    Total stores: 1,102

    Biggest shopping center: Castleton Square Mall, opened in 1972
    Gross leasable area: 1,383,000 square feet
    Total stores: 140

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    #9: Illinois - Chicago

    Gross leasable area: 10,912,574 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 30
    Total stores: 916

    Biggest shopping center: Ford City Mall, opened in 1965
    Gross leasable area: 1,193,300 square feet
    Total stores: 125

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    #8: Florida - Jacksonville

    Gross leasable area: 13,076,102 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 32
    Total stores: 1,520

    Biggest shopping center: Regency Square Mall, opened in 1967
    Gross leasable area: 1,400,000 square feet
    Total stores: 130

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    #7: Pennsylvania - Philadelphia

    Gross leasable area: 14,130,222 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 33
    Total stores: 1,350

    Biggest shopping center: Philadelphia Mills, opened in 1989
    Gross leasable area: 1,603,000 square feet
    Total stores: 185

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    #6: North Carolina - Charlotte

    Gross leasable area: 14,876,356 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 37
    Total stores: 1,643

    Biggest shopping center: SouthPark Mall, opened in 1970
    Gross leasable area: 1,538,231 square feet
    Total stores: 151

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    #5: Ohio - Columbus

    Gross leasable area: 16,208,055 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 36
    Total stores: 1,538

    Biggest shopping center: Polaris Fashion Place, opened in 2001
    Gross leasable area: 1,571,400 square feet
    Total stores: 172

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    #4: California - Los Angeles

    Gross leasable area: 19,721,005 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 43
    Total stores: 2,382

    Biggest shopping center: Westfield Topanga, opened in 1964
    Gross leasable area: 1,564,133 square feet
    Total stores: 263

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    #3: Arizona - Phoenix

    Gross leasable area: 21,240,685 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 46
    Total stores: 2,210

    Biggest shopping center: Metrocenter Mall, opened in 1973
    Gross leasable area: 1,364,900 square feet
    Total stores: 130

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    #2: New York - New York

    Gross leasable area: 23,728,346 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 56
    Total stores: 2,343

    Biggest shopping center: Bay Plaza Shopping Center, opened in 1988
    Gross leasable area: 1,300,000 square feet
    Total stores: 75

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    #1: Texas - Houston

    Gross leasable area: 43,348,155 square feet
    Malls and shopping centers: 104
    Total stores: 4,858

    Biggest shopping center: The Galleria (Houston), opened in 1970
    Gross leasable area: 2,237,000 square feet
    Total stores: 345

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