NEW: Providence #27 Manliest City in America
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Providence is the #27 manliest city in America, up a 6-pack from last year's ranking in COMBOS "America's Manliest Cities" study. (For those who don't speak beer, that's up six places.)
More good news: Rhode Island's capital city is manliest city in all of New England, and kicked the ass of Boston, which dropped 14 spots to a girlish #45.
What kind of math goes into manliness?
To get their rankings, COMBOS takes the 50 largest cities in America, and counts up Y-chromosome indicators like number of home improvement stores, steak houses, "manly occupations" and motorcycles per capita. But there's more. COMBOS nails cities for stuff like "an excess of cupcake shops and fancy furniture stores".
An added plus this year: COMBOS created a Board of Manliness that included Lou Ferrigno and Sergeant Slaughter to weigh in on the data. Which means we've got superheroes and pro wrestlers as our wingmen.
The manliest cities of 2011
Nashville, TN, took the top spot this year (with kudos from the panel of manliness for rodeos, pickup trucks, and home improvement stores). The country capital bested Charlotte, NC which was the title-holder last year. Oklahoma City, OK made a huge run from #25 last year to #3 this year. Memphis, TN and Columbia, SC rounded out the top 5.
More cupcakes than crowbars
This year's least-manly cities are, in descending order: Rochester, NY, Oakland, San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles, CA. How fitting that the very guy who inspired the phrase "girlie-man," Arnold Schwarzenegger, is the retired governor of the state with the four lowest-ranking manly cities.
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