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Virginia metro areas don’t get much respect in ‘manly’ ranking

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Richmond and Washington, D.C., didn’t fare too well in the latest ranking of “America’s Manliest Cities”  compiled by a subsidiary of McLean-based Mars Inc.

Mars Chocolate North America, a Mars business unit based in Hackettstown, N.J., says Oklahoma City is the manliest in the land, based on data such as the number of home improvement stores, steak houses and “manly” occupations per capita.

Richmond and Washington, D.C. (which includes Northern Virginia), were the only two Virginia metro areas included in the survey’s ranking of 50 cities.

Richmond was in the middle of the pack, ranked 22nd, while Washington was 46th, near the bottom in a group that includes California cities Sacramento, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and San Diego.

By contrast, the top cities behind Oklahoma City are in the South. They are No. 2 Columbia, S.C.; No. 3 Memphis, Tenn.; No. 4 Nashville, Tenn. (last year’s “America’s Manliest City”); and No. 5 Birmingham, Ala.

2012 “America’s Manliest Cities” rankings:
(Change from 2011 rankings follows each city)

1. Oklahoma City (up 2 spots)
2. Columbia, S.C. (up 3 spots)
3. Memphis, Tenn. (up 1 spot)
4. Nashville, Tenn. (down 3 spots)
5. Birmingham, Ala. (up 2 spots)
6. Houston (up 3 spots)
7. St. Louis (up 3 spots)
8. Toledo, Ohio (up 4 spots)       
9. Cleveland (down 3 spots)    
10. Charlotte, N.C. (down 8 spots)
11. Louisville, Ky. (up 2 spots)
12. Cincinnati (up 2 spots)
13. Indianapolis (down 2 spots)
14. New Orleans (up 3 spots)
15. Dallas (up 6 spots)          
16. Pittsburgh (No change)
17. Atlanta (up 6 spots)
18. Dayton, Ohio (up 8 spots)
19. Milwaukee (down 11 spots)
20. Kansas City, Mo. (down 5 spots)
21. Jacksonville, Fla. (up 12 spots)
22. Richmond, Va, (No change)
23. Tampa, Fla. (up 16 spots)
24. Providence, R.I. (up 3 spots)
25. Phoenix (up 7 spots)
26. Salt Lake City (down 7 spots)
27. Columbus, Ohio (down 9 spots)
28. Orlando (up 2 spots)
29. Philadelphia (down 9 spots)
30. Grand Rapids, Mich. (down 1 spot)
31. Detroit (down 6 spots)
32. Portland, Ore. (up 5 spots)
33. Buffalo, N.Y. (up 1 spot)
34. Denver (down 3 spots)
35. Baltimore (down 7 spots)
36. Miami (up 8 spots)
37. Chicago (down 13 spots)
38. Las Vegas (No change)
39. New York (down 4 spots)
40. Minneapolis (down 4 spots)
41. Seattle (No change)
42. Harrisburg, Pa. (down 2 spots)
43. Washington, D.C. (down 1 spot)
44. Sacramento (down 1 spot)
45. Rochester, N.Y. (up 1 spot)
46. Los Angeles (up 4 spots)
47. Boston (down 2 spots)
48. Oakland (down 1 spot)
49. San Francisco (down 1 spot)
50. San Diego (down 1 spot)


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