Manliest cities

Sperling’s Best Places

Sperling’s has measured the most manliest cities. Perhaps unsurprisingly Los Angeles is ranked last at number 50. Nashville, TN is Americas most manly city.

But have a look at how you lose points:

Cities also lost points for an overabundance of emasculating criteria – factors that reduced a city’s manliness rating. These factors included the number of home furnishing and décor stores, cafés/coffee shops, sushi restaurants, “modern” male apparel stores and cupcake shops. Cities with higher concentrations of these types of stores lost rating points.

Hamilton would be ok, but Wellington is well screwed. Check out the rest of the qualifying measurements:

Below are the broader categories on which each city’s manliness was measured along with a brief description of the criteria that went into each category.

  • Sports — In addition to the number of professional major league sports teams in a city (football, baseball, basketball and hockey), the number of nearby NASCAR tracks and racing events were taken into account along with the quality of pro sports, based on ESPN’s “Ultimate Standings” fan survey and “The Donovan Index” (
  • Manly Lifestyle — Various consumer behaviors in each city were analyzed, such as the number of pickups and motorcycles registered in the city, rodeo events, sports TV viewing, fishing and home improvement.
  • Concentration of Manly Retail Stores — The number of manly stores and businesses were evaluated for each city, including BBQ and chicken wing restaurants, steak houses, sports bars, western/cowboy apparel stores, Harley Davidson dealerships and home improvement stores.
  • Manly Occupations — The number of construction workers, police officers, firefighters, and EMT personnel in each city were analyzed, using the “Occupational Employment Statistics” survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • “Board of Manliness” Rankings (NEW category this year) — For the first time in the study’s history, Combos® incorporated personal rankings of 10 individuals into the study results. This Board of Manliness ranked the 50 cities in the study and research expert Bert Sperling incorporated their composite ranking of the cities into a category weighted into the final rankings. The Board of Manliness includes publicly-known individuals such as actor and former bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno, former professional wrestler Sgt. Slaughter, baseball hall of famer Rollie Fingers, comedian and actress Judy Gold, world beard champion Jack Passion and lumberjack champion Mike Sullivan. In addition to the public figures, the Board includes four everyday Americans – a retired Navy Seal, a school teacher, a police officer and a mother of four boys.
  • Salty Snack Sales — Total sales for the “Salty Snack/Cracker” retail category were measured for each city. Combos® is a product in this business category.

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