The Washington Post

D.C. is not America’s vainest city, according to new research

Washingtonians have been called fit, hip, highly literate, happy and very cool, but now we know all those superlatives haven’t gone to our heads.

In a new list of America’s vainest cities, D.C. barely cracked the top 20.

View Photo Gallery: A new day in Washington often means that another absurd, painfully accurate and always entertaining superlative for us pops up in the news. Ugliest? Check. Happiest single ladies? Check. Highly caffeinated? You know it. Read on for more examples of what the rest of the country thinks we are.

According to research by “Men’s Health,” published in the magazine’s summer issue, Washington is the nation’s 18th vainest city, coming in one spot after New York City (#17) and three spots behind Virginia Beach (#15). Baltimore is among the least vain cities, trailing at #76 out of 100.

Tampa, Fla., Plano, Tex., and Atlanta were ranked as the three “most vain” metro areas in the nation.

Sioux Falls, S.D., Lincoln, Neb., and Des Moines, Iowa, ranked as the “least vain.”

The magazine based the findings on each city’s rates of cosmetic procedures and surgery; sales of at-home hair color, teeth whiteners and shapewear; per-capita rates of cosmetic dentists, plastic surgeons and tanning salons; and salon “check-ins” on Foursquare.

Most Vain Cities:

1. Tampa, Fla.

2. Plano, Tex.

3. Atlanta

4. Las Vegas

5. Dallas


19. Washington, D.C.


Least Vain Cities:

96. Kansas City, Mo.

97. Fargo, N.D.

98. Sioux Fall, S.D.

99. Lincoln, Neb.

100. Des Moines, Iowa


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