July 17--We're sexy and we know it.
Or at least we do now.
Knoxville is the fifth sexiest mid-sized city in the United States according to a new survey by real estate-brokerage website Movoto.com. They compiled a list of mid-sized cities and collected data from business listings and the 2010 U.S. census.
The criteria includes the per-capita number of hotels, regular nightlife establishments (bars and clubs), adult entertainment sites (strip and burlesque clubs, etc.) lingerie stores, massage parlors and adult stores (specializing in adult-oriented novelties, DVDs, etc.). Also factored in is the average summer temperature, under the presumption that the hotter a city is, the fewer clothes residents wear.
Although Knoxville only ranked No. 37 for temperature, we were in the Top 10 for hotels (No. 4), lingerie (6), nightlife (10), adult entertainment (10) and No. 11 for adult stores. The website singles out mentions for Sassy Ann's and NV Nightclub and adds, "Knoxville's also got a ton of festivals of all sorts, even a Pride festival. If that's not sexy, we don't know what is."
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was the sexiest city overall, ranking No. 1 in hotels, nightlife and adult stores. Salt Lake City might surprise some for its No. 2 finish, though the Utah city was in the top three for adult entertainment, nightlife, lingerie and hotels. Richmond, Va., was No. 3 thanks to a top-ranking in lingerie, and Tempe, Ariz., finished No. 4 thanks to its blistering summers.
Chattanooga was ranked No. 11.
In a semi-related note, last month the University of Tennessee's Phi Mu sorority was ranked the No. 4 hottest sorority in America by Viralsip.com, which used vague standards but concluded, "Most of these girls not only have good looks, but also a good head on their shoulders!"
And for those who give credence to such surveys, it should be pointed out that recently CNBC.com named Tennessee the worst state to live in. As in THE worst, thanks largely to our violent crime rate and poor health (including high rates of diabetes and obesity). No. 2-5 include, in order, Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana and Alabama.
If not for sexy Knoxville, Tennessee would really be in trouble.
(c)2014 the Knoxville News-Sentinel (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Visit the Knoxville News-Sentinel (Knoxville, Tenn.) at www.knoxnews.com
Distributed by MCT Information Services