You're So Vain
Houston ranks in list of top 20 vainest cities, still no match for Dallas
The Daily Beast is at it again. In its latest list, DB ranks the nation's 20 most vain cities, and the winner might surprise you. It's not us (we're too fat for that, remember) but neither mecca of silicone, Los Angeles or Las Vegas, topped the list.
In fact, it was San Francisco, a fact so surprising that our editors had to conclude it was the gay male population driving the skin and hair care sales, not their female, mostly au natural counterparts.
DB first took the 25 cities with the largest percentages of gym members, and then measured the percentages of their residents that weren't overweight. Finally, the cities were ranked based on average monthly spending on personal care, per household — "personal care" encompassing everything from spas to salons to drugstores. That final criteria was weighed doubly.
San Fransicans spend an average $111 per month on personal care — more than my cable bill. Rounding out the top five are Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Hartford, Conn.
Dallas came in just outside at No. 6, with Houston ranking late at No. 19.
Could much of this be attributed to density or cold climates forcing people indoors to work out? Probably.
Could we say Los Angeles, for example, or No. 15 Miami ranked lower because of the neglect to calculate elective cosmetic surgery? Definitely.
Still, we'll pocket a reason to mock D-town any day.