Disclaimer: This reflects Travel + Leisure’s recent annual America’s Favorite Places survey and is not my personal opinion… beauty is subjective. This also doesn’t have much to do with travel… or does it?
I subscribe to T+L and I was surprised to see the ATL come in at number eight on their list of America’s cities with the most attractive people, probably since I live in Atlanta and frequent a lot of places that tourists don’t.
Believe me, there is a lot of stuff on our back porch you just don’t want to see. But thank you. We try.
To start with the good news, here is the list of America’s cities with the most attractive people, as judged by Travel + Leisure readers:
- San Diego
- Los Angeles
- Providence, RI
- Minneapolis/ St Paul
I have to ask… where is New York City? Did it fall victim to sensory overload or did everyone visit on the Tuesday before laundry day? And since a majority of the top ten cities contain large, active gay communities which, it seems, have gentrified the general population to some extent, we gracefully accept your thanks.
But because the mirror has two faces, I also have to present the bad and the ugly – with my apologies, here is the list of cities containing America’s least attractive people:
- Memphis and Oklahoma City
- Portland, ME
Detroit, which topped the list of most unattractive people, gets a temporary pass for municipal difficulties. Detroit, you are officially on notice… Memphis and Oklahoma City tied for second place, and apparently Pennsylvania is just a mess.
Baltimore, the city that John Waters has led me to believe contained the most unfortunate-looking people in the country, came in at number four and since they make this list year after year, I wanted to find something good to say about Charm City.
A Baltimore resident, queried about these survey results, responded: “We’re very good-looking people, and what matters is the inside, not the outside.” Well, that pretty much says it all. Bless their hearts.
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