Where Do America’s Most Attractive People Live?

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Charleston residents even get to ride around in carriages. No fair.

Los Angeles? New York? Not a chance.

Apparently, all the hotties hang out in Charleston, S.C. According to a survey conducted by Travel + Leisure magazine, the southern city is home to the most attractive people in America. The prettiest populaces tend to live in places that are either sun-kissed, like Honolulu, or active and athletic, like Denver. The cities NewsFeed thought were sure bets — New York and L.A. — rank lower, possibly because they scored low in friendliness. The worst-looking city? Memphis, Tenn., with a low rating that could correlate with its top rank in barbecue.

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In other categories, New York was deemed most stylish, Washington, D.C. was voted most intelligent, and Charleston was voted friendliest. Anyone think Charleston residents rigged the polls? NewsFeed is sure people are good-looking in Charleston, but it’s quite the outlier compared to its beachy counterparts. See the 10 sexiest cities below.

  1. Charleston
  2. San Diego
  3. San Juan, Puerto Rico
  4. Denver
  5. Austin
  6. Miami
  7. Savannah
  8. Honolulu
  9. Phoenix/Scottsdale
  10. Nashville

(Travel + Leisure, via The Hairpin)

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39 comments
JohnHanekamp
JohnHanekamp

Lived here for the past 12 years and I totally disagree

ChasNative
ChasNative

Is whoever wrote this not aware that Charleston is a beach town??

EvelynWilson
EvelynWilson

As a native Charlestonian, I couldn't agree more.

TerriMorganHsu
TerriMorganHsu

I live in Savannah, and I personally think just about everything here is pretty!

SouthernJosh
SouthernJosh

I'm from Charleston, and although I'm unbelievably attractive if I do say so myself, I don't ride carriages. That's like saying Arabs still ride camels. It's actually all the Northern tourists who ride carriages so...

LauraEddingsParry
LauraEddingsParry

As someone who lived in Charleston for four years and visits regularly I must say this is 100% correct. 

TylorRosendahl
TylorRosendahl

I live in Denver, and I must say the women here are beautiful. They take care of themselves and eat healthy. And just for everyone who is unaware. Everyone out here is not constantly stoned. Nothing has really changed

paulv88
paulv88

i lived in denver for a year and all i have to say is all the guys are alike 8 feet tall, wealthy and in great shape but the woman are atrocious, all legalizing weed has done for denver is make woman feel comfortable being gross in public, i live in south east north carolina  and im from florida, the girls on the east coast are really were its at.

AileenOrtega
AileenOrtega

I live in San Juan.... where are the attractive guys then?

PolSantos
PolSantos

I live in San Diego, but visit NC, SC yearly for work. I also visit NY and several other places yearly. In the United States from what I have experienced, the best looking people live in San Diego. Theres a reason I live here other than all the Sunshine and awesome things to do. It is expensive tho sadly. 

ghmpr
ghmpr

You people just need to get over to Puerto Rico, meet some really cool, nice, outgoing locals and have a damn good time .. After that, there'll be no question about the hospitality aspect of this conversation .. There's no arguing that we are the most beautiful people around .. Just come to the island .. Don't base your opinions on what you see on the continental US .. We have lots more to offer ....


RichzipDay
RichzipDay

Note the date on this article is Nov. 10, 2010

JennysitaDesign
JennysitaDesign

I've lived in CA and went to NY too, now I live in Charleston and I gotta say.. there are a lot of good looking people here, but I  haven't seen the hotties I saw in CA or NY.. I mean all the models and actors are in those 2 cities, Charleston has some good looking people but honestly not sure why its at the top. I love it here, people are super friendly and the food is the best ever! but I think If I was single I'd go back to CA where I never dated an ugly guy lol. I found my husband in CA and he is not the hottest guy in Charleston hahaha.

_NDN_
_NDN_

I've lived in NYC and currently LA and traveled to Charleston SC many times and I can safety say this........Charleston may have a lot of good looking  people per square foot but heres the brass tax. NYC has the most attractive people on the planet living there. I worked in fashion and there were no major campaigns being shot in Charleston SC! Most major campaigns are done for the most part in NYC or LA sometimes FL. Real models live in those cities. If you aren't there working its because you cut it in the real modeling world. Just think about that for, the city is literally filled with female and male models. NYC has some of the most beautiful people on the planet but there are "unattractive" people living there also, per square footage. To call Charleston Sc  the most attractive city is fallacious. The only thing they have there are beaches, lawyers and trophy wives. 

MelissaK.Wells
MelissaK.Wells

All haters are correct. You need not waste your time. The fewer the merrier. We have nothing to offer except Mark Sanford and Fort Sumter. Hilton Head....much better nightlife...said no one ever.

xhavefaithx
xhavefaithx

OMG HOW! I am from NYC and have seen a lot of damn people in my life time.. Charleston SC is UGLY! The black men here are all dark and burned to a crisp and the white men look like total rednecks. There are barely any other nationalities so ugh this list is false. I will be moving ASAP when my lease is done. 

CrystalCraven
CrystalCraven

Charleston Born and Raised! I love it here! I don't think I will be leaving anytime soon (unless I get an awesome job offer I cant resist) but other than that I am here to stay!! Not sure if it has the MOST attractive people but it def has the MOST ATTRACTIVE scenery and landscape ever!! Plenty of beaches to soak your toes as well.

MaysIII
MaysIII

Clearly the makers of this list have never seen the ladies of Memphis, Tennessee. They're as fine as the country has to offer.

pablopablo
pablopablo

Seems they got mixed up.  It's Charlestown, WV with no beaches and the most beautiful people.  

mvolta
mvolta

Charleston is also one of the easiest places to catch an STD, with herpes the STD of choice it seems...I live in Greenville, SC, and, there have been many girls from my high school past and present that have gone down there, hooked up with some college dude, and came back with herpes.

JustSomeGirl
JustSomeGirl

who the F*** cares? This type of "news" reporting does nothing for anyone.

etbrand9
etbrand9

I've traveled to each of the cities on the list. I don't know about the physical attractiveness quotient for each, but Charleston is definitely the friendliest, most hospitable place I've been to. They treat tourists like long-lost friends and the food is outstanding. Number one on my list in overall attractiveness.

geneven
geneven

San Diego #2? I was born in San Diego. I go there often, though I don't live there now. Not #2, not #1. I don't know where is, but not San Diego.

LordHalston
LordHalston

Travel+Leisure surveys are all non-scientific. Whatever cities America happens to hate the least always win. Savannah, Charleston, and New Orleans are almost always in the top ten of every travel+leisure list. Its totally disconnected from reality...

If internet voting reflected peoples actual preferences - Ron Paul would be President. In reality Southern California clearly has the most attractive people. Its not even a contest...for those of you who hate California - Its just like being a foreigner and hating America for being popular, powerful, and yes slightly arrogant = Jealousy.  

JonathanHoff
JonathanHoff

Charleston, SC is packed with everything you need.  Beaches, fine dining, nightlife, weekend markets, history and a wealth of culture.  I am a native to the Charleston area and still find new things to do and places to eat.  If you're thinking about moving to Charleston and need help finding real estate, feel free to contact me @ jhoff@carolinaone.com or 843-296-8164.  You can also access my Facebook page and search the MLS for any properties you desire!

Chief_Fun_Officer
Chief_Fun_Officer

We just did a photo shoot with some girls from a local Charleston high school. What a crew of beauties! People thought we hired professional models! I say they're better than most models these days. Ours were very fit, naturally beautiful and genuinely happy. Check out AmericanFunship.com and like American Funship on facebook for pics. Gorgeous!

JaredWParfrey
JaredWParfrey

Try coming to Charleston.  Then drive 10 minutes in any direction other than West and see if you don't find a beach.  



KevinKocak
KevinKocak

@ Megan Friedman - Did you bother to do any research?  Charleston is a coastal city with several beaches within 10 miles.  I mean look at a map ffs. lol 

pk3153
pk3153

Hello...check your map. Charleston has beaches.

ncgropp
ncgropp

Aw, bless your heart. Charleston is, actually, on a stretch of the S.C. coast, with beaches as beautiful as its residents. Folly, Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms, Kiawah, Seabrook, need I go on? 

nycsongs
nycsongs

@ghmpr  My NYC apartment building's superintendent is from the western end of P.R.... went back to visit his family for the first time in years, and promptly got robbed. He said outside of San Juan it's not the same island he left, and he's never going back again.

A-Lance
A-Lance

@RichzipDay  The date doesn't matter ... you think the ugly bus stopped in Charleston ... carting out all of us good looking folks? Three and half years ... just means we've had more, better looking babies!!! ;-)


JessicaWilliams
JessicaWilliams

@_NDN_You also have to consider with regard to modeling as well as acting, but ESPECIALLY modeling there is NOT a very wide range of what is considered beautiful. If this poll was taken by a diverse population of Americans, this shows that our beauty ideals are beyond the NYC and LA formulas. Models are only one type of beauty.

A-Lance
A-Lance

@xhavefaithx  Glad you feel that way ... keep your damn yankee self up in NYC then!!!