By Chuck Campbell of the Knoxville News Sentinel
Knoxville’s been here before – usually in a higher position – but we’ve once again been ranked as one of the most romantic cities in America.
Amazon.com has been touting Knoxville’s romanticism for years, ranking us as America’s No. 1 most romantic city in 2015, 2013 and 2012 as well as No. 3 in 2014 and No. 2 in 2011.
Now Redbox has come along using a different methodology to reach a similar conclusion, ranking Knoxville as the No. 10 most romantic city. (Technically Knoxville is 12th on the list because there are two ties ahead of us.)
Whereas Amazon.com’s rankings have been based on the per-capita sales of romance novels, relationship books, romantic-comedy movies, romantic music and “sexual-wellness products,” the Redbox ranking, released today, is based solely on rentals of romantic comedies and romance movies.
It’s safe to say “The Notebook” is very popular in Knoxville.
Still dubious about Knoxville’s lofty position among American cities? Consider also that in 2014 real-estate-brokerage website Movoto.com named Knoxville the fifth-sexiest mid-sized city in the United States.
So keep the accolades coming, American businesses, because Knoxville feels you and understands.
Meanwhile, here is Redbox’s Top 10 “Most Romantic Cities” for 2016:
1. Columbus, Miss., and Lake Charles, La. (tie)
2. Lincoln, Neb.
3. Alexandria, Minn.
4. Columbia, Mo.
5. Sioux Falls, S.D.
6. Chico, Calif.
7. Mankato, Minn., and Biloxi, Miss. (tie)
8. Fargo, N.D.
9. Medford, Ore.