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These Are The 10 Sexiest Small Cities In America

Which steamy small cities are just a little bit racier than the rest? We’ll try to keep it clean as we look at the top 10.

Laura Allan

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If someone mentions the word “sexy,” what cities do you think of? Las Vegas, maybe. San Francisco with its Folsom street Fair. Or perhaps you think of New York City and its chic and often revealing fashions.

Basically, you think of big cities. Instead, imagine someone asked you to think of sexy small cities.

Not so easy, is it? Well, the Movoto Real Estate Blog is here to help you out, and we’ve made a list of the 10 hottest and sexiest small cities out there. These spicy little spots were:

1. Sarasota, FL
2. Pensacola, FL
3. Bradenton, FL
4. Marietta, GA
5. Carson City, NV
6. Ocala, FL
7. Grand Junction, CO
8. Lancaster, PA
9. Chapel Hill, NC
10. San Marcos, TX

Some of these might not be much of a surprise, and seeing so much Florida on there is probably to be expected. But how exactly did we determine what makes a place sexy?

Math might not be the most sultry subject, but we think it’s pretty hot, and we’ll talk about it in the very next section.

If you can’t stand the anticipation, you can scroll to the bottom of the article and take a look at the 50 sexiest small cities. We won’t hold it against you.

How We Created This Ranking

We’ve been around the block a few times when it comes to rankings, but let’s go over our methodology for all you Big Deal List virgins.

First, we made a list of small cities with populations between 50,000 and 60,000, which gave us 140 places. Then, we collected data from the U.S. Census (2010) and business listings in seven sexy criteria:

  • Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
  • Lingerie stores per capita
  • Adult stores per capita (novelties, videos, etc.)
  • Adult entertainment per capita (strip clubs, burlesque, use your imagination…)
  • Massage parlors per capita (hey, it can be a sensual experience)
  • Hotels per capita
  • Average summer temperature (hotter means fewer clothes *wink*)

After that, we ranked each place in each category from one to 140, with numbers closer to one being sexier. Then, we averaged each places’ rankings into one Big Deal Score, with lower scores being better.

The place with the lowest Big Deal Score became our sexiest small city, which ended up being Sarasota, FL.

Let’s take a look at each of our top 10, and why exactly they ranked where they did. Be forewarned: some of these details might get you a little hot under the collar.

1. Sarasota, FL

Sexiest Small Cities In America

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Sarasota blew away the competition with the first place ranking in hotels and nightlife. We guess if you meet someone special at a club one night, it’s not too hard to find a nearby hotel room at the spur of the moment?

Of course, that wasn’t the only area in which Sarasota flashed a little skin. Not a single ranking across the board was below ninth, which means if you like adult entertainment, lingerie, or some sensual massage, you can find it here.

If you’ need any inspiration with finding the right outfit, you can grab something from one of the No. 3 ranked lingerie stores, like Intimate Ideas. The average summer temperatures here are also very high, which means swimsuit weather is a regular thing.

2. Pensacola, FL

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Pensacola earned this spot mostly due to its love of all things skimpy and lacy.

With places like Intimate Treasures and the No. 1 lingerie stores per capita, it’s pretty easy to find something to make you or your partner feel extra special.

But let’s say you’re looking for love in the form of mister or miss right now. This place also had the second-best nightlife and the second best hotels per capita, so you shouldn’t have trouble meeting someone new and finding a place to get to know them a little better.

3.  Bradenton, FL

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If you’re wondering if this place really all that sexy, you just have to stop by DiVincis Gentleman’s Club. If you still need convincing, you can always check out one of the No. 5 ranked nightlife options or one of the local lingerie stores.

There was less massage here than in some others in our top 10, but other than that, this place had some sexy top scores across the board.

High summer temperatures mean that this place is perfect for the scantily clad to be comfortable, and the No. 5 ranked hotels mean that it’s pretty easy to find a place to stop for the night, or maybe just for a few hours.

4. Marietta, GA

Sexiest Small Cities In America

Source: Wikimedia User U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Floyd Grimm

Black Steel Intimates alone doesn’t make this place sexy, but combined with some other steamy factors it certainly helps. If you’re looking for some physical contact, this place had the fifth best massage ranking, and if you’re looking to party it up with potentially fun people, you can indulge in the seventh ranked nightlife.

Of course, if you have a special somebody you’d like to spend quality time with, Marietta had the fourth most hotels per capita, proving that Georgia knows how to be sultry when it wants to be.

5. Carson City, NV

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Source: Flickr user Scott Schrantz

Carson City had the most adult entertainment options on our list per capita, as well as the nearby Love Ranch. You’ll have to use your imagination about what goes on there, because it’s too racy for us.

Besides that, this place also had the sixth best lingerie ranking and the eleventh best hotels. Sounds like a good time, right?

It may not have the warmest weather, at least compared to Florida, but this place did have a pretty lively nightlife and quite a few massage places. Did we mention casinos? There are a ton here, and those can be pretty sexy, too, in their own way.

6. Ocala, FL

Sexiest Small Cities In America

Source: Flickr user Kolin Toney

What makes Ocala just so sexy? It mostly had to do with the fourth-place lingerie stores per capita and the third-ranked hotels. Focusing just on the lingerie, though, you can head to Wildthings Lingerie & Novelties to pick up a few necessity negligee.

Or perhaps you’re just looking for a nice place to cuddle with a close personal friend. Not to worry, Ocala had the third-most hotels per capita, so you’re bound to find some vacancies if you look.

7. Grand Junction, CO

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Source: Flickr user Scott Ingram

Colorado might not be as warm as some of the other states, so there’s less swimsuit weather, but this place still knew how to show off its sexy side.

With the ninth most hotels per capita and the 12th best nightlife, we know we probably shouldn’t wait up for any of you partying locals. It’s also pretty telling that this place had the 11th most lingerie stores per capita, and we won’t tell if you decide to go buy something, we promise.

One area where this city really stood out was in massage. With awesome places with creative names like Higher Kneads Therapeutic Massage, Grand Junction has the perfect touch for helping you relax, decompress, and get ready for another night of partying.

8. Lancaster, PA

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If you want to dance the night away and make some new friends, Lancaster is definitely the place for you.

Featuring such spots as the Chameleon Club, this city had the fourth best nightlife options per capita, with over 70 late-night venues to choose from. This place also had the third most adult stores, and we’re sure we don’t have to tell you what those might entail.

While the temperatures here are decidedly colder, there were still a fair number of lingerie shops around for people in search of the perfect gift. Besides, maybe you find a girl in a winter parka sexy. We won’t judge.

9. Chapel Hill, NC

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This small city was recently ranked the most exciting in North Carolina by us, and now we can clearly see why.

This place ranked within the top 42 in every single criterion, with only the temperature and lingerie store rankings being just middle of the pack.

One standout category was nightlife, offering places like The Crunkleton (we’re not kidding) for amazing drinks and hot company. So next time you’re out and about in the city, late at night, you might want to stop by a club or bar, and you’ll know right away you’re in a seriously sexy city.

10. San Marcos, TX

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Source: Flickr user Kent Wang

Did you think we’d forgotten about you, Texas? No way, we know you’re sexy.

San Marcos, in particular, had some real shirt-shedding weather, with high summer temperatures ranking No. 5 overall. Ladies, if you feel like guy-watching, summer here is definitely the right time.

Believe it or not, this place is also great when it gets cool at night, because San Marcos locals know how to party.

With the 11th best nightlife, this city is alive and wide awake at night. If you don’t believe us, stop by Bar 141 and you should be convinced. If after that you’re too, well, otherwise-occupied to head home, you can always grab a room at one of the 13th ranked hotels.

Oh My, You’re Giving Us The Vapors!

All of these might be small cities, but it’s pretty apparent that they know how to live it up and flaunt what they’ve got.

Don’t even try to shame any of these places for being sultry and sexy—they just know where the party’s at better than the rest of the U.S. and aren’t afraid to show it.

Sexiest Small Cities In America

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posted on: August 14, 2014
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  1. Trevor

    Wow, this is complete BS. So, Ocala is #6 because it has the most lingerie stores and hotels per capita? Clearly, the writer of this article has never visited Ocala (or any of the other cites in this article such as Pensacola and Marietta). Even by the metrics they used, it’s BS. They show Ocala with a population of 57,000. OK, i guess that’s the population of the “city” limits because I think of Ocala more in the 150K-200K range because most of the population lives outside of the city limits. So, are all of these lingerie shops and hotels within the city limits. No, of course not. In fact, I bet Ocala has one of the LOWEST per capital hotel inventory if you only include those within the city limits.

  2. Lyndsie

    I agree with Trevor. I honestly thought the article was a joke at first, and I live in SRQ. I am still hoping it’s a joke. The story might be even mildly convincing if the pictures used to depict these “sexy” cities weren’t so terrible. On the bright side, I am glad this article exists. I now know what cities to avoid.

  3. Wes

    LOL this list is a JOKE… Over the other cities Bradenton has more crime and drug addicts, shootings etc… That may be sexy to who ever put this together ..again LOL and I agree with the precious comment 100% so no need to re type into this comment as well!

  4. Zoi

    If Grand Junction is on this list with “12th best” nightlife, somebody didn’t do their research that well… I’m near positive that all the poor excuses we have for clubs shut down months ago, so unless you’re just bar hopping or you like outdoorsy stuff you’re pretty well screwed. There’s Country Jam in June and I think Rock Jam is being replaced by the Loudwire music festival, but those are one-weekend summer events.

    “11th most lingerie stores” strikes me as pretty silly, too, since I can only think of three in the whole town, Two are small and the third is part of a costume shop.

    Also, I feel like the population is off. 59,899 might be who lives in GJ city limits, but most people in the surrounding little towns (Fruita, Loma, Mack, Clifton, Palisade) work and shop in town, in Grand Junction.


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