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The 20 states with the most mall space, in descending order.

This story first appeared in the January 23, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Forget the Prozac nation, we’re a nation of shoppers. When it comes to therapy, many people believe that spending money takes the edge off things. The majority of mall space in the U.S., is concentrated along the Eastern seaboard and in the mid-Atlantic states, loosely following the population density of the country. That’s where many of the most vigorous battles over land use are taking place — in prized metropolitan areas with attractive demographics and virtually no land left to develop.

1

CALIFORNIA

116 million square feet of gross leasable space

2

TEXAS

80 million square feet

3

FLORIDA

64.6 million square feet

4

NEW YORK

56.4 million square feet

5

OHIO

52.4 million square feet

6

PENNSYLVANIA

50.8 million square feet

7

ILLINOIS

44.9 million square feet

8

MICHIGAN

36.4 million square feet

9

VIRGINIA

31.6 million square feet

10

NEW JERSEY

30.6 million square feet

11

GEORGIA

28.3 million square feet

12

NORTH CAROLINA

27.4 million square feet

13

MARYLAND

27.2 million square feet

14

MASSACHUSETTS

23.6 million square feet

15

INDIANA

22.6 million square feet

16

WASHINGTON

22.5 million square feet

17

MISSOURI

21.9 million square feet

18

TENNESSEE

20.9 million square feet

19

COLORADO

19 million square feet

20

ARIZONA

17.3 million square feet

SOURCE: INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF SHOPPING CENTERS; RESEARCH QUARTERLY; VOL. 8, “IT’S A (S)MALL WORLD AFTER ALL”