It's true, Milwaukee loves PVC.
It's true, Milwaukee loves PVC.

Milwaukee is a top 5 town for vinyl lovers

As Record Store Day approaches (it's this Saturday), Foursquare and real estate brokerage Redfin combined forces to create some interesting data on the top 10 U.S. cities for fans of record stores.

Milwaukee, whose vinyl shops I wrote about in February, clocks in at No. 5, below Portland and Chapel Hill, but above New York and Philly. Not bad.

The cities were ranked by most record shops per capita. For funsies, Redfin also worked out how many new vinyl LPs (at $20 each) you could buy with the money that equals the median price for a home in each city.

While today's New York Times noted that online music surpassed sales of LPs and CDs for the first time ever last year, Nielsen also tracked a nearly 52 percent increase in vinyl sales in 2014. So, recorded music pressed into PVC is definitely not dead.

Here are the top 10 cities on the list of Cities Keeping Vinyl Music Alive, in order:

The top three finishers in Milwaukee in terms of Foursquare ratings:

  1. Exclusive Company, 1669 N. Farwell Ave.
  2. Acme Records, 2341 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
  3. Rush-Mor Records, 2635 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

And, finally, some Redfin data:

  • ZIP Code with the most record shops per capita: 53202 (interesting, considering two of the top three shops listed above are in Bay View)
  • Median home price in 53202: $216,900, which equals 10,845 records (at $20 each)


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