It’s no secret that Washingtonians love cupcakes, but their popularity could be hurting more than wallets and waistlines. They may be making the District less manly.
According to the third annual study by none other than Combos — the company behind oh-so-manly snacks like the cheddar cheese cracker and cheddar cheese pretzel — D.C. is the nation’s 42nd manliest city out of 50, down 33 spots after coming in 9th last year.
The reason for the drop? The Combos study shows that the D.C. area had relatively high rankings in terms of sports (14th), “manly occupations” (13th), and “salty snack sales” (19th).
But the District lagged in the all-important but ambiguously named areas of “manly lifestyle” and “concentration of manly retail stores” (45th for both).
The study considered a number of key criteria, including the number of professional sports teams, chicken wing restaurants and Western/cowboy apparel stores.
Other factors included “manly kryptonite” like coffee shops, home decor stores, “modern”men’s clothing stores and, alas, cupcakeries.
Washington was considered less manly than neighboring cities Richmond, which was ranked 22nd out of 50, and Baltimore (28th).
The country’s manliest city is Nashville. Los Angeles was named the least manly city.
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