Adult Store statistics – The Market for Brick and Mortar Sex Stores

By Benjamin Jorgensen / August 08, 2021

Have you always wanted to know the ultimate sex toy shopping destination? Are you considering moving state and want to know your sex toy needs will be seen to? Maybe you want to know which states have the best-reviewed shops.

We’ve collected statistics from all over the U.S. to bring you a state-by-state breakdown of sex toy shops, with some awards given out along the way for top-notch customer service.

Read on to find out how your state ranked!

Without further ado, the award for the highest number of sex shops per capita goes to New Hampshire, with an impressive 2.76 shops per 100,000 people.

It seems their state motto ‘Live free or die’ also applies to free choice when it comes to sex toy stores.

Fun fact…

The highest-rated sex toy shop in New Hampshire, Thornes of Concord, offers a personal shopping experience by appointment. No wonder they score so highly on customer service!

Not far behind, in second place is…

Rhode Island! Famous for beaches, not actually being an island and now, having a great selection of sex toy shops! This seaside state has 2.19 sex toy shops per 100,000 people, giving its residents plenty to choose from.

Now, let’s look at which states had the lowest sex toy shop to resident ratio.

The lowest ranking states in our research were New York, with just 0.35 shops per 100,000 people, and California, with 0.38.

But, before you judge them too harshly, we have to remember that these states both have a dense population, meaning more people can access a smaller number of shops.

Also, these cities have their fair share of sex toy mega stores with every pleasure product you could dream of under one roof!

Sex toy laws

Due to obscenity laws in Texas, it is illegal to own more than six sex toys – a law that seems pretty obscene if you ask me!

Nevertheless, while Texas has a low number of sex toy stores per capita, it wasn’t the lowest, with 0.51 stores per 100,000

If you live in Texas, check out this survey for some inspiration on where to stash your sex toys just in case the Sex Toy F.B.I comes a-knocking!

I don’t know about you, but I would sleep much safer knowing my neighbors had a cupboard full of dildos collection than guns!

And before you ask, how would they defend themselves?

I’ve definitely seen a few dildos you could defend yourself with! My weapon of choice would, without a doubt, be the Dick Rambone.

Outdated sex toy laws in the US

Sources:
Texas Penal Code Chapter 43.
Findlaw.com Alabama Code Title 13A. Criminal Code § 13A-12-200.2

Top rated states

Top Rated States Across the US

The state with the most satisfied customers is Idaho, with an impressive average rating of 4.38 stars out of 5. Great work Idaho sex toy stores! You are keeping your customers happy in more ways than one!

Taking joint second with 4.35 stars out of five are Alaska and Wyoming, and a shade behind them is Delaware, with 4.34.

A growing interest in adult stores

Physical stores of all kinds have taken a real hit with the global pandemic, with COVID-19 dominating all areas of our lives. It’s no surprise that this also affected sex toy stores.

The chart shows the waning Google searches for terms related to ‘adult shop’ as the pandemic started to take hold in the U.S. in February and March 2020.

You can see a significant drop in searches for adult stores in March 2020, shortly after Trump declared a COVID- 19 National Emergency.

There was a spike in interest in February 2021, which we can only guess is related to Valentine’s Day.

Luckily, things look set to get back on track and maybe even increase compared to previous periods.

While it has been a tough time for physical stores, the sex toy industry seems to be flourishing, with sales increasing in many different countries, including the US.

Data from Google trends, period 29.05.2019 – 29.06.2021

Search Interest across states

Data from Google trends, period 29.05.2019 – 29.06.2021, Index based on state comparison – comparing the total searches with that of ‘adult store’ related search queries.

It’s no surprise that Nevada scored pretty highly here, with many tourists coming to Las Vegas and searching for ways to have a good time in every sense!

Even states without the lusty advantage of Las Vegas scored pretty high with Louisiana, Oregon, Florida, Mississippi, and Tennesee all scoring above 80.

Vermont and Idaho had the lowest search index for terms related to ‘adult shop,’ but both had above-average numbers of sex toy shops per 100,000 capita. We’re guessing these savvy residents already know where to find their favorite sex toy stores and have no need to search for them!

Interestingly, Idaho had the best average rating out of any state, so while it seems few people are searching for ‘adult shop’ related terms, the ones that do frequent the sex toy stores are satisfied customers!

Awards

We believe shopping for sex toys should be a pleasure from start to finish, and we love stores, both online and brick-and-mortar, that take good care of their customers.

These awards rank the top three highest-rated shops in each state to help customers have the best sex toy shopping experience.

Contact us here to get a banner for your website to show your fantastic track record of excellent customer service!

top rated sex shops
Best adult shop in state badge(4)

Congratulations – Here’s your badge of honor

Based on customer ratings, these badges are a great way to let potential customers know they will be well looked after!

We collected ratings from sex toy stores in all 50 states, with only sex toy shops with more than 15 reviews included in the data.

best adult shop in alabama

Alabama

This table gives an example of the top-rated stores in Alabama, so Alabama locals can find the best service in their area. Congratulations to Iniquities for the impressive score!

ShopRatingReviewsAdress
Iniquities4.9342501 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
Enchantasys4.8172203 University Dr, Huntsville, AL 35816, USA
Fantasyland4.72311094 Hwy 82 E, Duncanville, AL 35456, USA

Reasons to Visit a sex store

Far from the seedy, back-alley sex shops of days gone by, sex toy stores or adult stores have undergone a transformation to become far more inviting and inclusive. Here are our top reasons to visit a sex toy store. Check out Edwina’s blog post to find out more about shopping in sex shops and why it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. We have also reviewed adult stores in many US cities, so if you’re in New York or Los Angeles please check those reviews before choosing which store to visit.

You can see the product

While photos give a pretty accurate representation of the product, seeing it in person can give you a clearer idea of the size, texture, and quality.

Sexual pleasure is self-care

On top of feeling great, sexual pleasure has a whole range of health benefits, including better sleep, pain relief, and enhanced intimacy with a partner.

Expert knowledge

With so many products to choose from, it can be hard to figure out where to start. In-store employees can ask the right questions to work out what would be best for them.

Exploring your pleasure

Sex toy stores have a large selection of toys in one place, which could inspire you to try something new. You might be surprised by what catches your eye!