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America's Vainest Cities
San Francisco, Boston lead pack of beauty-obsessed locales
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 31, 2011 5:02 PM CST
San Francisco, Boston, and New York are America's vainest cities.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Which American cities work the hardest to look hot? The Daily Beast took the 25 cities that claim the highest percentages of residents who belong to gyms, and ranked the top 20, taking into account body mass figures and spending on "personal care"—at drugstores, salons, and other beauty centers. The results:

  1. San Francisco: Residents spend $111 monthly on personal care, 50.3% aren't overweight, and 20.4% are gym members.
  2. Boston: At 23.2%, more belong to gyms than in SF, but residents only spend $106 each month on personal care

  1. New York City: It may be home to Wall Street, but personal care spending is just $81 a month
  2. Los Angeles: Some 39% of residents aren't overweight.
  3. Hartford: Some 17.2% of residents belong to gyms.
  4. Dallas: Personal care spending takes a jump, to $109 a month—but just 16.8% of residents are gym members.
For the rest of the top 20, visit the Daily Beast.

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Rudy Baca
Feb 1, 2011 11:13 AM CST
I think the body mass index is an important indicator-however having lived in Los Angeles for two decades, nice weather played a big part of why I did "NOT" join a gym. Why spend the money when I can walk 100 feet and be standing in the sand? What about demographic data? climate? i.e. other "vain" factors? I would be interested to see the control group for this statistical study...
Feb 1, 2011 2:01 AM CST
Holy crap, since when did not being a fat-ass and occasionally exercising make you vain? I live in LA, I belong to a gym, I am not fat... I also like to shower and occasionally comb my hair, boy am I vain!!!
Jan 31, 2011 11:40 PM CST
Am I to presume that all but 2 cities have more young ladies who wear water-soaked ugg boots in cold, wet weather than NYC does? (What ugg boots are not made for.)