Felix Carreon
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More than 30 million customers shop at Target every week. With those numbers, it's no surprise that 75 percent of U.S. homes are within 10 miles of a store. And while good schools, walkability and entertainment options are obviously important when deciding where to live, we can all agree on the most important factor:

How close is the nearest Target?

The best Target cities based on stores per capita

These 10 cities deliver, with more Target stores per capita than you can shake a Dollar Spot score at.

Translation: These cities have the highest ratio of Targets per resident bulls-eye enthusiast.

10. Cincinnati, OH

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How does six Targets within city limits sound? Let's not forget number seven just across the Ohio River in neighboring Kentucky. More good news for bargain-minded residents: The average two-bedroom in Cincinnati costs less than $1,000.

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9. McAllen, TX

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Located just across the Mexico border a short hour or so from the spring break mecca of South Padre Island, McAllen also boasts the lowest rent on our top 10 list. Here in South Texas, a one-bedroom apartment will only set you back around $721 per month.

8. Minneapolis, MN

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The college campus-like HQ of the country's eighth largest retailer is located right here in Minneapolis, so it should come as no surprise that there are a whopping nine Target stores in the vicinity.

Perhaps that's why rents in this sought-after city are a bit above the national average, coming in at $1,462 per month for a one-bedroom apartment. Two words: Worth it.

7. Fullerton, CA

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Home of Cal State Fullerton, and its nearly 40,000 students, this Orange County city caters to its co-eds with plenty of Targets per capita. From Archer Farms' Monster Trail Mix to fun Xhiliration socks with sloths, guinea pigs or flying pandas, you don't have to be a student to appreciate Target's fun finds.

You will, however, pay a premium for an address in the OC. A one-bedroom in Fullerton will cost you around $1,651 — the highest rent price on our list.

6. Orlando, FL

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Sure, Orlando is home to a dozen theme parks, but it's also Target central, with six stores to choose from. Living this close to Mickey will cost you around $1,334 for a one-bedroom apartment. Good thing you're so close to all those Target bargains!

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5. Columbia, SC

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The capital of South Carolina is also home to the University of South Carolina and its 34,000 students on the Columbia campus.

Are your dorm decorating days long behind you? We've got good news: Columbia rentals are the second least expensive on our top 10 list. A one-bedroom here will cost you a cool $901.

4. Saint Paul, MN

saint paul mn target

The twin city to Target's home base (Minneapolis), Saint Paul actually outranks its sister city on our top 10 list. While you'll find seven Targets here, in contrast to Minneapolis' nine, the lower population guarantees more Target to go around thanks to per capita stats.

It's also more affordable than Minneapolis. Expect to pay around $359 less per month for a one-bedroom rental.

3. Allentown, PA

allentown pa target

Located between the powerhouse cities of New York and Philadelphia, the smallest city on our list has one Target for every 40K residents.

With proximity to two big cities, reasonable rent and three Targets nearby, Allentown gives you the best of both worlds. The price tag? A one-bedroom will cost you around $1,134 per month.

2. Pittsburgh, PA

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Located on the opposite side of the state from Allentown, The 'Burgh is home to eight Targets – oh yeah, and The Steelers. We're much more excited about getting dibs on Target's best bargains, thanks to the city's favorable Target-to-resident ratio.

Rent in Pittsburgh is on the higher side of our top 10, coming in at around $1,311 for a one-bedroom.

1. Knoxville, TN

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Minneapolis may be home to Target HQ, but that chilly city's got nothing on this warm Southern town. A relatively low population for its five Target stores puts Knoxville firmly on the top of our list.

Better yet, rent is one of the lowest on our top 10. Just think of all the Target finds you can fill up your cart with when your rent is only $903 a month for a one-bedroom place!

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The top 25

Still searching for a new place to call home? You're never too far from a Target in these 25 cities.

Rank

City, State Targets per Resident

1

Knoxville, TN 1 per 37,469

2

Pittsburgh, PA 1 per 37,801

3

Allentown, PA 1 per 40,428

4

Saint Paul, MN 1 per 43,803

5

Columbia, SC 1 per 44,371

6

Orlando, FL 1 per 46,710

7

Fullerton, CA 1 per 46,797

8

Minneapolis, MN 1 per 46,926

9

McAllen, TX 1 per 47,565

10

Cincinnati, OH 1 per 50,217

11

Rochester, NY 1 per 52,012

12

Vancouver, WA 1 per 58,558

13

Tallahassee, FL 1 per 63,683

14

Overland Park, KS 1 per 63,759

15

Las Vegas, NV 1 per 64,168

16

Tampa, FL 1 per 64,238

17

Irvine, CA 1 per 69,363

18

Atlanta, GA 1 per 69,470

19

Sacramento, CA 1 per 71,700

20

Aurora, CO 1 per 73,325

21

Richmond, VA 1 per 75,677

22

Tucson, AZ 1 per 76,677

23

Miami, FL 1 per 77,225

24

Omaha, NE 1 per 77,816

25

Chesapeake, VA 1 per 80,132

Top cities based on total number of Target locations

If you're just looking for the cities with the most Targets, here's how the top 10 would look.

Rank

City, State Total Targets

1

Chicago, IL 20

2

Houston, TX 15

3(t)

San Jose, CA 11

3(t)

San Antonio, TX 11

5(t)

Las Vegas, NV 10

5(t)

Philadelphia, PA 10

5(t)

Phoenix, AZ 10

8(t)

Minneapolis, MN 9

8(t)

Austin, TX 9

10(t)

Pittsburgh, PA 8

10(t)

Charlotte, NC 8

10(t)

San Diego, CA 8

10(t)

Los Angeles, CA 8

Methodology

We took cities with populations more than 100,000 according to the U.S. Census Bureau and used 8 million commercially available business listings to count the number of Target locations with a mailing address in each city. We then divided each location's population by this total to determine a ratio of the number Target stores for each resident to come up with our quantitative ranking. These listings may not reflect recent store openings or closings. We only considered cities with at least three Target locations.

The rent information included in this article is based on February 2019 multifamily rental property inventory on ApartmentGuide.com and Rent.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein does not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.

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Felix Carreon

Felix is an SEO Analyst specializing in demographics, rent trends, economic data and measuring user intent. He primarily focuses on the retail, transportation and real estate industries, and his work has appeared in the Stanford Undergraduate Economics Journal. Felix holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan.

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