If you had to bet on which city features the most record stores, where you place your money? London? LA? Gotta be New York, right? Sorry. You lose.
While the US has the most record stores (1,482, compared to 537 in the UK and 487 in Germany), no American city is more to more than New York (47). Chicago placed second (30) with LA a close third (29).
Compare that to the 93 record stores found in Tokyo, the most of any city in the world. Next comes another surprise: Berlin with 87. Third place goes to London with 79 stores. Then we have Paris with 66. Toronto has 49 stores, good for fifth spot on the planet.
Looking a little deeper at Canada, there are 273 record stores (fifth most in the world, behind the US, the UK, Germany and France), giving us a record store density of 0.7734 stores per 100,000 inhabitants.
Fun stat: Of the 87 stores in Berlin, 46 are found within a square kilometre of each other. Toronto also has one of the ten most-dense record shopping areas in the world with 23 shops within a square kilometre.
Another fun stat: There are three stores in the nation of Palau. With a population of 21,186, that means there’s one record store for every 7,062 residents.
The full report can be found here.