National poll finds Baltimore isn't very manly

The Baltimore Sun

Perhaps Baltimore hasn't been flexing enough. Because in the new rankings of America's Manliest Cities, Charm City has fallen to a decidedly feminine position.

Baltimore has slid -- gracefully, we suppose, while squealing -- to No. 35 on the list, just released by Mars Chocolate North America.

The virile metropolis on top? That would be Oklahoma City.

"The results don't lie: the manliest place to be is the city they call 'OKC,'" Craig Hall, a Mars general manager said in a statement. "From its stellar hoops team to its love of pick-up trucks, Oklahoma City exemplifies the best of being a man."

Rounding out the top five are Columbia, S.C., Memphis, Nashville and Birmingham.

Guessing all of those places scored well on the pick-up-o-meter, too.

Pittsburgh, by the way, is solid at No. 16, the same spot it was last year, no budging. Steel City indeed.

But D.C. -- hah, they're a perfumed, lipsticked No. 43. The list only goes to 50.

What did Baltimore in? Apparently, in addition to the gentleman pictured above, it was our proliferation of shmancy shops and salons combined with our lack of manly jobs and not enough beef, cake or otherwise.

The results, Mars said, came from compiling a city's number of home improvement stores, steak houses and tough-guy jobs, but weighing those stats against how many nail salons, boutiques and feminine jobs there were.

That made the country's most lady-like cities Los Angeles, Boston, Oakland, Calif., San Francisco and San Diego.

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