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These Are The Most Physically Attractive Mid-Sized Cities In America

There are very pretty cities out there, but which cities have the prettiest people? These top 10 might not be what you expect.

Laura Allan

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Ah, the beautiful people…so eye catching, so confident, so desirable. And it does seem that attractive people tend to congregate in the same places, for some reason. If only you had a road map to these easy-on-the-eye places, right?

Well, we think we can help with that.

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, of course, but there are some basic things like cleanliness, fitness, and a nice smile that seem to be a commonality between preferences. With that in mind, the Movoto Real Estate Blog decided to try to pin down where the most beautiful people call home.

After analyzing the data, we found that the most physically attractive mid-sized cities were:

1. Bellevue, WA
2. Columbia, SC
3. Dayton, OH
4. Knoxville, TN
5. Fort Lauderdale, FL
6. Charleston, SC
7. Wilmington, NC
8. Temecula, CA
9. Alexandria, VA
10. Savannah, GA

We know many of you are probably pretty surprised about those rankings. Others of you might even feel a little insulted to be left off the list.

Never fear, you can check the chart at the bottom of this article and see if your city made the top 50 places. And if it’s not there…well…looks aren’t everything, right?

And if you’re curious what we considered beautiful, you can check out our methodology in the very next section.

Our Methodology

Although everyone has different opinions on what beauty is, we tried to keep things a little objective here and did everything by the numbers.

First, we made a list of all the cities in the U.S. between 100,000 and 200,000 people in size, which was 173 places.

Then, we used sources including the U.S. Census (2010), business listings, and everyone’s favorite social media site, Facebook, to get data in five very appealing criteria.

  • Beauty amenities per capita (hair salons, health stores, makeup stores, spas, etc.)
  • Gyms per capita (being in shape is definitely a plus)
  • Fashion amenities per capita (suit stores, retro clothing stores, high fashion stores, etc)
  • Dentists per capita (great smiles are very eye-catching)
  • Percent of people who Like soap, deodorant, or hygiene on Facebook

From there, we ranked each place in each category from one to 173, with scores closer to one being better.

Then, we averaged each place’s rankings into one Big Deal Score, and the place with the lowest number for that score became our most physically attractive mid-sized spot.

Because the “scenery” is so nice in these places, let’s take a moment to look more closely at each one and talk a little bit more about what made this top 10 so very attractive.

1. Bellevue, WA

Most Physically Attractive Mid-Sized Cities

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It’s no wonder the name of this place means “beautiful view,” considering how lovely the inhabitants are.

The beauty amenities ranked No. 3, thanks to the folks at Vanity Pham for the ladies and EZ Chair Barbershop for the gents, and this city had the fifth highest gym ranking as well.

Locals are more than welcome to show off those pearly whites, considering they have the third most dentists here, and they can always strut their stuff after hitting the 11th most fashion amenities.

Almost 12 percent of locals even liked soap, deodorant, or hygiene on Facebook, so you know that cleanliness is a priority here.

If you want to see some pretty people posed beside some pretty art, you can always get both at the Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair every July. Besides, what’s more attractive than someone who appreciates good art?

2. Columbia, SC

Most Physically Attractive Mid-Sized Cities

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If you want a lot of stylish people all in one spot, you’ve come to the right place.

Columbia had the second most fashion amenities on our list, including places like 2G’s Clothing Company, Brittons, and Sid and Nancy.

There are more numbers than just those, however.

This place also had the eighth most beauty amenities, the ninth most gyms, and the second highest percent of people that Liked soap, deodorant, or hygiene on facebook. Now that’s certainly a lot to smile about.

Speaking of smiling, did we mention that this place had the sixth most dentists per capita? You can definitely see some very pretty grins over at the University of South Carolina there, well, unless it’s finals week.

3. Dayton, OH

Most Physically Attractive Mid-Sized Cities

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You might not have been expecting to see Dayton on the list, but you might want to rethink your judgment.

This city had the seventh most gyms, the sixth most fashion amenities, and the eighth most likes for soap, deodorant, or hygiene. So locals here lean a little more to the stylish and clean-cut type.

While Dayton only had the 16th most beauty amenities, the people here were lovely enough not to really need all the extra pampering and polishing. Well, unless you count getting your teeth polished at one of the seventh most dentists per capita.

If you’re looking for that perfect accessory to compliment your smile or your new do, you can always check out Brim. Or if hats aren’t your style, there’s always Zig Zag Gallery.

4. Knoxville, TN

Most Physically Attractive Mid-Sized Cities

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In addition to the numerous musical contributions this city has made, it’s also home to the Miss Knoxville/Miss Rocky Top Scholarship Pageant, for those who want beauty and brains.

By numbers alone, it’s easy to look gorgeous here. This city had the 10th most dentists per capita, the 12th most fashion stores, and the sixth most soap, deodorant, or hygiene Likes.

It even had the 19th most beauty amenities, with stores like LOX and Tease Knoxville leading the way.

So to all you locals out there, you’re the only 10 I see…oh, come on, we had to say it.

5. Fort Lauderdale, FL

Most Physically Attractive Mid-Sized Cities

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For tan beauties with great fashion sense, Fort Lauderdale definitely takes the cake.

Lovely beaches and great swimsuit weather seem to really bring out the beauty of this city, as well as its beautiful locals. Of course, these are no beach bums. Over 10 percent of locals here Liked soap, deodorant, or hygiene on Facebook.

There were other great numbers, too. This city had the 14th best fashion, the 11th most beauty amenities, and a fair number of gyms and dentists to go around as well.

Whether folks are suiting up of changing down into that new bikini, they’re bound to look simply gorgeous.

Just don’t call these folks vain. They also love to pamper their minds, with places like Broward Center for the Performing Arts and cultural museums being abundant.

6. Charleston, SC

Most Physically Attractive Mid-Sized Cities

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South Carolina was the only place to have two representatives on this list, and Charleston definitely made a very strong showing.

With plenty of beauty amenities to go around, as well as gyms and dentists, it’s easy to keep your smile, your body, and your appearance overall simply glowing.

Those weren’t even the best scores this city had. Nearly 12 percent of people in Charleston Liked soap, deodorant, or hygiene on Facebook, and the city had the fifth most fashion amenities per capita.

Of course, with places around like Billy Reid and Goorin Bros. around, that score makes a lot of sense.

7. Wilmington, NC

Most Physically Attractive Mid-Sized Cities

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A little to the north of our No. 6 city, Wilmington shows that both the Carolinas know how to look good.

With the eighth most fashion amenities and the seventh most likes for soap, deodorant, or hygiene, this city makes a strong showing in our top 10 list.

In general, the scores here were very good. Wilmington had plenty of gyms and dentists, and even had the 12th most beauty amenities.

So, if you’re looking to update that hairstyle of yours or have your nails done, you can easily find a place to have that done, such as The Rockin’ Roller Salon or VanDavis Aveda Salon.

Locals probably know just how good they look, too, considering numerous movies in a range of genres and several television series have been filmed or produced here. Residents are always ready for their closeup.

8. Temecula, CA

Most Physically Attractive Mid-Sized Cities

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There might not be any sunny beaches here, as many picture all of California has, but there’s plenty to do and admire.

Locals are always busy with festivals, like the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival, and enjoying their picturesque downtown. However, that certainly doesn’t mean they don’t spend time looking good while doing it.

Temecula had the 12th most gyms, the 15th most fashion amenities, and the 15th most dentists per capita. Locals weren’t so into the soap, deodorant, or hygiene thing on Facebook, but they were still better than over half of America in that regard.

The real standout score here was the fourth most beauty amenities per capita. Surprised? Well, with places like Bed Headz and PURskin Spa, you really shouldn’t be too shocked.

9. Alexandria, VA

Most Physically Attractive Mid-Sized Cities

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This Virginia city made the list due to really fantastic scores across the board.

After all, it’s hard not to look good when you have the 14th most beauty amenities, 19th most gyms, and 14th most dentists right there at your fingertips.

This city had even more beauty-boosting perks than that. It had a ton of fashion amenities and a large number of locals like soap, deodorant, or hygiene on Facebook. You can always see just how stylish they are over at Gossip on 23rd if you don’t want to take our word for it.

It is kinda hard to look good if you don’t feel good, though, and Alexandria has you covered there too, with places like Pure Aesthetica and Skyline Wellness Center in the way of massages and spas.

10. Savannah, GA

Most Physically Attractive Mid-Sized Cities

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Georgia showed it had more to offer than just hospitality and sweet tea with this top 10 ranking.

The large number of dentists to keep those pearly whites aglow and the many gyms ready to help you keep fit were just the start of how Savannah keeps its locals looking simply divine.

Savannah had the 13th most fashion amenities, with shops like Custard Boutique giving shoppers lots of personal attention, and the 10th highest number of soap, deodorant, or hygiene Facebook Likes. Clean and stylish is definitely a way of life here.

There were even plenty of beauty amenities here, ranking it 23rd in that area. All those scores help this lovely and classic city edge out the competition and make it the 10th most attractive city in the nation.

Don’t Hate Them Because They’re Beautiful

To any of you locals of these 10 fine places, don’t let anyone bring you down by being naysayers (they’re just jealous).

We know that you’re simply gorgeous, and if you’ve got it, flaunt it, right? We’re sure you also have charming personalities, too, and everyone knows how attractive kindness and confidence are.

If you’re a real looker who’s looking to surround yourself with the beautiful people, we can help you there too. After all, we’re in the business of selling houses, and we’re willing to bet some of the housing options in these areas are just as stunning as your future neighbors.

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