Atlanta does NOT rank when it comes to vanity

Atlanta, you’re not so vain.

That title goes to San Francisco, followed by Boston and New York.

The Daily Beast online news blog just published a list of “America’s 20 Vainest Cities” — those that spend the most time and money to look good.

Atlanta is not on it. Buffalo is.

The Daily Beast said it tried to figure out which major metro areas across the country exert the most effort to look good—by spending time in the spa, sweating in the gym, or shelling out for personal-care products.

After combing the stats, here’s the Daily Beast’s rankings of the vainest cities:

1. San Francisco

2. Boston

3. New York

4. Los Angeles

5. Hartford

6. Dallas

7. Chicago

8. Charlotte

9. Minneapolis

10. Columbus

11. Nashville

12. Denver

13. San Diego

14. Raleigh

15. Miami

16. Indianapolis

17. Buffalo

18. St. Louis

19. Houston

20. Orlando

- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat

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January 31st, 2011
6:55 am

This is very important news! Mayor Reed needs to get right on this. Forget the School Board. Let’s tackle the important issues in Atlanta!

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January 31st, 2011
7:31 am

I’ve lived in many of those cities, No atlanta is unbelievably vain, it’s just sloppy and stinks


January 31st, 2011
7:31 am

If a large measurement is how much money you spend, you will notice that the top 5 cities have a very high cost of living. This should be measured in percentage of income not just a total of how much was spent, or their should be an adjustment for cost of living.


January 31st, 2011
7:40 am

So going to the gym to stay healthy is equated with being vain. I guess I better get fat so people dont think I am one of those skinny arrogant people.

And the spa? What activity at the spa? Getting a massage hardly qualifies as vanity, it does qualify as stress relief in dealing with crappy traffic, crashing home prices and air-polluted summers around here.

Leave to an Atlanta rag to publish a third rate fluff piece with about as much value as those installment plan 21″ dubs I see rolling around on fifteen year old clunkers every day that are weaving in out of traffic with soccer moms in their leased BMW’s on their way to to another thirty dollar lunch date.


oh really

January 31st, 2011
7:53 am

These are also the gayest cities in the U.S. Most gays want to look good, so the spending on gym activities, spa treatments, and personal care products is the gay and gay-influenced metrosexual population. Women spend the same amount no matter what city it is.


January 31st, 2011
8:01 am

Buffalo? Hartford? Me thinks the money is not working for these folks.


January 31st, 2011
8:21 am

oh really: Um, haven’t you heard ATL has the most per capita gays than any city in the US and I would argue Atlanta could be one of the gayest cities?


January 31st, 2011
8:45 am

I’m with Danno….there are several of these communities where all the “vanity” money in the world ain’t going to help. When I travel to many of these places I’m always happy to get back to Atlanta and the south. Whew!


January 31st, 2011
8:51 am

Well at least most of these cities have something Atlanta doesn’t- JOBS!


January 31st, 2011
8:52 am

Atlanta is vain. It just doesn’t work because most people here don’t have a clue about what is fashionable and what looks good. This is the most backward large city in the union.


January 31st, 2011
9:07 am

Atlanta is the most backward large city? Please post something to support that assertion.


January 31st, 2011
9:10 am

Atlanta by far is the vainest ,phoniest city in the country with tons of folks not use to having a thing and it shows..

Bark Madley

January 31st, 2011
9:22 am


It only got that way when you moved here. It will get better when you leave, so hurry up and take Steve with you.


January 31st, 2011
9:27 am

bark madley, send the ticket (only in atl could “bark” have such a bite)


January 31st, 2011
9:35 am

Of course Atlanta’s not on the list — it just thinks it is….

chingy right thurr

January 31st, 2011
9:40 am

Ha Ha Orlando? that place is a dump! what do they have to be vain about?!

Bruce 53

January 31st, 2011
9:41 am

And what Planet is henry from ? Having taveled through the mid west. The first thing that struck me was how fake people are down here. Atlanta not even on the list ? I ‘m sorry I just
have to call it like have not only see it, but through experience henry is a liar


January 31st, 2011
9:48 am

Bruce 53… please take a deep breath, reread the article and then carefully explain your comments because, frankly, you make no sense!

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January 31st, 2011
9:57 am

Who Cares??? Atlanta comes across as a vain city, but a lot of the so called ‘ vain’ people do not fit the social expectations as other cities mainly due to half of the population being from elsewhere so no one ever seems to be on the same page.


January 31st, 2011
10:37 am

Atlanta not being ranked as a “vain” city is a good thing. What I’ll never understand though is the transplants that come here and complain. Go home or to the last place you were at before you ended up here. I’m sure it wouldn’t be as “sloppy” or “stink” as bad steve.


January 31st, 2011
10:40 am

I’m sure all cities are vain. I wouldn’t put Hartford or Buffalo on the list though. I’ve lived and spent time in several of those cities. Atlanta isn’t a world class city. To me, It’s too many strip malls, chain restaurants, suburban sprawl, and traffic. When you compete for vanity based on that, it’s a recipe for more strip malls, chains, sprawl and traffic….. I’ll take the vanity in SanFran or Boston anyday….

William C Smith

January 31st, 2011
10:45 am

Slow news day! I’am a 64 year old man, and I have seen women all over this country. Some of the best looking women I have seen are in small hick towns. Lastly, being vain in many instances means trying to hold on to your youth. I learned a long time ago it takes more money to buy paint for an old barn than a new barn.

transplant ready to move

January 31st, 2011
10:48 am

atlanta is a great place to visit often, but to live here you see the vanity of the city. the facade. i can barely wait to move, it’s difficult being a transplant from a highly educated city to here: folks just don’t get it, seems. oh well, GOD bless Atlanta


January 31st, 2011
10:49 am

I’ll give Atlanta areas like Virginia Highlands the benefit of the doubt. Cities like SanFran, Boston, Chicago, Seattle have ten neighborhoods like that!

James P. Albini

January 31st, 2011
11:01 am

“Cities like SanFran, Boston, Chicago, Seattle have ten neighborhoods like that!”

None of which you (not you personally) can afford to live in! For all its flaws, Atlanta is still incredibly cheap–even Buckhead, Midtown and Virginia Highland.


January 31st, 2011
11:06 am

Mr. Mister, not a transplant have been here while Atl became a “world class city” Grew up here, went to E.U. for too many years and work here, in my 50’s.Scott’s comment is most accurate, people come here to make money and show it-very simple.


January 31st, 2011
11:15 am

There’s a reason it’s cheap and people can afford to live here.

Beverly T

January 31st, 2011
12:29 pm

What a bunch of idiots!! If Atlanta is so bad…..please, PLEASE MOVE! I had a northern husband once who always complained about Atlanta. One Christmas I gave him a one-way plane ticket back to New York. That was over 20 years ago and he’s still here. I really liked Atlanta when everything was simple and everyone was pleasant to be around, but when the arrogant, fast paced rat dwellers came here it got me to thinking about moving myself! Even the housing projects here looked like condos compared to other cities I’ve been in! Not being vain is a compliment!!!!!


January 31st, 2011
1:08 pm

Atlanta native. During Vietnam I served in the U.S. Air Force and got acquainted with a lot folks from outside of the South. For a southern boy who was raised to be kind, courteous, respectful, pleasant and civil it was a shock to learn and experience first-hand the… northern personality, which is just the opposite. Had many conversations about the differences (in behaviors) and most of the northerners would say that they acted they way they did because of their environment. Would argue that out of that environment they would behave differently. Over the years many of these folks have to come here to work, study and live. How unfortunate that they brought their environment with them.


January 31st, 2011
2:58 pm

I think the article is dead on. Atlanta isnt a vain city when the gyms arent packed to capacity, dress code for teens is a dirty white under shirt, braids, gold teeth and pants hanging off the butt to reveal their underwear. The teen girls have blue, lime green pink strands of weave in the hair. The older guys wear summer clothes in the dead of the winter even when the season is evident with snow on the ground. Its pathetic……..


January 31st, 2011
3:35 pm

They must not have included the whole metro area.


January 31st, 2011
5:20 pm

Obviously they didn’t interview anyone from Atlanta’s gay community. If they did, we’d be #1!


January 31st, 2011
6:57 pm

Atlanta not vain ??yeah right!!again folks move here from those rust belt ghetto,s(cleveland ,detroit,flint,east st.louis,st.louis)thier not use to having anything and once they get here dont know how to handle it and that includes the ghetto,s of the northeast New york, philly, you didnt have jack in those cities and you move here and live better then you ever known and it goes straight to your head..

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