The Sexist

District of Columbia 45th Manliest City in U.S.

Giant stone erections fail to lift D.C. above the competition.

Combos brand snacks has released a study (stay with me here) ranking the 50 manliest cities in the United States. Washington, D.C. ranks a pathetic 45, proving manlier than only Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.

The criteria for maniness appeared to be but a thinly veiled count of how mant Combos brand snacks each city consumes per capita:

Each metro area received a manliness rating between 0 and 100 based on how well it performed in each of the study's manly categories. Factors used to determine the manliest city rankings included the number of U.S.-made cars driven in the city, number of sports bars and BBQ restaurants, number of home improvement and hardware stores as well as manly salty snacks consumption.

Here's the full list of manliest cities. Coincidentally, it also appears to be a ranking of cities in which I most do not want to live.

1. Nashville, Tenn.
2. Charlotte, N.C.
3. Oklahoma City, Okla.
4. Cincinnati, Ohio
5. Denver, Colo.
6. St. Louis, Mo.
7. Columbus, Ohio
8. Kansas City, Mo.
9. Indianapolis, Ind.
10. Toledo, Ohio
11. Memphis, Tenn.
12. Richmond, Va.
13. Columbia, S.C.
14. Orlando, Fla.
15. Dayton, Ohio
16. Salt Lake City, Utah
17. Milwaukee, Wis.
18. Minneapolis, Minn.
19. Cleveland, Ohio
20. Detroit, Mich.
21. Jacksonville, Fla.
22. Phoenix, Ariz.
23. Birmingham, Ala.
24. Grand Rapids, Mich.
25. Tampa, Fla.
26. Harrisburg, Pa.
27. New Orleans, La.
28. Las Vegas, Nev.
29. Pittsburgh, Pa.
30. Philadelphia, Pa.
31. Louisville, Ky.
32. Atlanta, Ga.
33. Providence, R.I.
34. Dallas, Texas
35. Buffalo, N.Y.
36. Rochester, N.Y.
37. Baltimore, Md.
38. Boston, Mass.
39. Houston, Texas
40. Seattle, Wash.
41. Sacramento, Calif.
42. Miami, Fla.
43. San Diego, Calif.
44. Oakland, Calif.
45. Washington, District of Columbia
46. Chicago, Ill.
47. Portland, Ore.
48. San Francisco, Calif.
49. Los Angeles, Calif.
50. New York, N.Y.

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  • Hill Rat

    Hey, we beat NYC! I'll take it.

  • Amanda Hess

    Notice that from Washington, D.C., down, you're getting a high concentration of hipsters and gay men. Are they not men, Combos brand snacks?

  • Andrea

    Yeah, i was thinking about this list the other day... Isn't "manliness" usually also a synonym for "stupidity"? And this is a straight guy making the observation- who happens to love NYC and DC very much.

  • Hill Rat

    @Amanda Hess

    Gay men, yes. Hipsters, no.

  • Angry Sam

    Q: Are we not men?
    A: We are DISTRICT!

  • The Sexiest

    @Amanda Hess

    What about a gay sports bar? How did Nellie's affect Washington's rank?

  • Amanda Hess

    I truly believe that this survey was based entirely upon which cities ate the most Combos.