Hey, Y’all: Southern Accents Voted Most Attractive

We're sure if "Valley Girl" was an option that like, totally would've won.

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Everyone knows that having a British accent makes men approximately 300 times more attractive, but which American accent makes both genders swoon? According to a survey by dating site Cupid.com, the sing-song honey sweetness of the Southern accent is the country’s sexiest, and by a pretty significant margin.

According to a press release, Cupid.com surveyed 2,000 men and women and determined that 36.5 percent of respondents voted the Southern accent the most attractive, with more men preferring it over women. This should come as no surprise, according to Cupid, since “when it comes to romance, most of us dream of long lazy days in the sun, epic sunsets and, ahem, rolls in the hay.”

As for the least attractive accent? The Midatlantic accent, possessed by people in states like Pennsylvania and Delaware, came in dead last, with only 4 percent of the total vote. Think it has something to do with the way we pronounce “water?” (Wooder.)

Here are the full results:

Rank and total
1st Southern – 36.5% (45% male/28% female)
2nd New York –16.5% (10% male/23% female)
3rd Western – 13 % (16% male/10% female)
4th New England – 10.5% (8% male/13% female)
5th New Jersey –7% (4% male/10% female)
6th Canadian –7% (3% male/11% female)
7th Midwestern – 5.5% (8% male/3% female)
8th Mid-Atlantic – 4% (5% male/3% female)

11 comments
aibridges
aibridges

Although this is not a very inclusive survey (many dialects in one category, c'mon now) , I'm glad the southern dialects won out. I love the beautiful sounds of the people down here. Some I only like if it's a light accent while others I can enjoy with full force. Regardless, I think it is a shame that everybody with a southern-type accent is lumped in with the ignorant, ghetto, and/or racist individuals down here who just so happen to have southern accents too. I won't even suggest that our southern communities do not need to pulled out of the 20th century in many ways, because they do. But there are many spots of love, progress, intelligence, and greatness as well; and there are cultural treasures that can be embraced (with historic consciousness), like our dialects. So, y'all be good and thanks for the love. 

Winter_star
Winter_star

@VTstrong  I am appalled by your bitter comments. Makes me wonder where the ignorance lies. Every place in this country has something beautiful to contribute. Southern people are sweet,hard working and very family oriented. I am from the West and personally I have receive nothing but blessings from Southerners.

VTstrong
VTstrong

I can't believe that Southern accents were first...I'm so sick of hearing those drawling, sickening accents I can't even tell you........All they say to me is ignorance and some kind of crazy religious fervor.   People here in New England can't even be bothered with the ridiculous crap that comes out of the mouths of the Southern Belles or the Southern politicians or the Southern Baptists.......It must be the Chauvinistic men that voted for that accent, because those Southern gals look like they would DO almost anything their gun toting guys asked them to.

mscen221
mscen221

Take it from a born and bred southerner (I have lived in the Southeast most of my life.) there are numerous accents here in the South.  As examples, a person who was born and raised in the mountains of Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, etc., has an accent completely distinct from someone who was born and raised in flatlands of Alabama, Mississippi,  Georgia, etc.  I am from Tennessee which has generally three grand divisions (east, middle, west), and these areas are very different from each other in all aspects, including accents.  The idea I am trying to convey is ONE SIZE DOESN'T FIT ALL!  Btw, don't even mention Louisiana!

BiggRogLynch
BiggRogLynch

@VTstrong wow, thats one of the bitchiest comments I've ever had the displeasure of reading

SuzyG
SuzyG

@VTstrong Wow.  How utterly ignorant of you.  I was born and raised in the south, and I'm not a Baptist, a politician, or a "belle."  I'm an Essene, a programmer, and a hard-working widow with a demanding job, 2 children, and a mortgage.  You know, just like "real people."

noyoudidn't
noyoudidn't

@VTstrong you're whole rant tells me a lot about you.  Haven't you learned by now you shouldn't judge people based on a stereo-type?  You made all of those judgements because of a southern accent?  Really???

I heard a great quote recently and I want to share it with you:

Smarter people tend to be more open-minded and accepting of others.


aibridges
aibridges

@mscen221  Exactly our land is so diverse. My mom does not have a strong accent anymore (she left town) and she's from the suburbs of New Orleans, while some of her family who grow up in the same area do have an accent. We lived in TN and Kentucky, and depending people's family and hometown, you never knew if you would get a general southern accent, a midwestern non-accent (yes, many people in the south don't have accents), or a deep rich dialect. I love the history behind voices. 

fruhlingTHRO
fruhlingTHRO

@mscen221 Yep, as a Canadian I am a little startled to see ONE Canadian accent on the list. Guaranteed they are referring to the OOT and ABOOT Canadian stereotype - which is basically a Newfoundland/Atlantic thing.

I know I don't speak like that.

Also, Americans may find the southern accent sexy, but outside of the U.S. that accent is widely looked down upon. I think we are a little bit too far outside the Southern Belle historiography of the experience, so it just sounds uneducated to many people..

kiidsoncoffee
kiidsoncoffee

@fruhlingTHRO In my experience as a Texan living in Europe, basically every person I've ever talked to has found my accent to be cute, sexy, and delightful. Maybe you look down on the accent but you may not be qualified to speak for the rest of the world. Though, I'm assuming by "southern accent" you're imagining some dumb-ass hick wearing overalls with no shirt and chewing a piece of straw saying something about how 'God done hates them Negros'. The southern accent doesn't have to sound like the stupid stereotype, just like Canadians don't all say Ootaboot.