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How Vain is Your City?

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Where do you live? Hartford, CT? Would you be surprised to know your city ranks number five on the list of vainest cities in the U.S.? Sacramento, CA? Bet you don’t know your town ranks fifth in America for most plastic surgeons per 100,000 people.

Several media organizations regularly track and report on cosmetic surgery and related topics. A variety of cosmetic surgeons get into the act too. And why not? In our appearance-obsessed culture, beauty—and all the ways to get more of it—is a hot topic. Admittedly, all the headlines and stats don’t mean that much to the average person. But they are fun to read.

Earlier this year, The Daily Beast—that famous list-happy website—developed a gallery of America’s 20 vainest cities. Noting that in today’s world, “looking ‘perfect’ has never been so attainable nor the pursuit so tempting” the team at The Daily Beast sought to determine which cities’ residents spent the most on spa treatments, gym memberships and personal care products.

The Daily Beast used data from industry and government sources in their quest. These included the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association for data on gyms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for obesity numbers by city and Bundle.com, for data on personal care product spending. The team chose to give double importance to this last criterion in an effort to account for citizens who are truly appearance-crazy and not simply health-conscious.

Some of the “vainest city” findings:

  • #1: San Francisco; over half the population is not obese
  • #2: Boston; more than 23/100 residents belong to a gym

Maybe those top two rankings are not very shocking. But you may find it a surprise that Miami, with its famous South Beach culture and TV shows featuring beautiful people, ranks all the way down at number15. Or that Charlotte made the list at number 8.

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