17 December 2007

Salt Lake America's Vainest City...I Knew It!

According to Forbes magazine, Salt Lake City, Utah is “America’s Vainest City.” I have always felt a little out of place living here. Everywhere I go the women seem to look perfect. When I first moved here, I worked at Gold’s Gym and I it made me throw up looking at the women who would come in to the gym at 5 am, all done up. I even felt uncomfortable the first time I went grocery shopping at Wal-Mart. I was wearing Sophies and a big jacket, with no makeup on and my hair in a pony tail. Oops. I quickly learned that in Utah you have to look your best to buy your groceries or people will look at you funny. I feel like there is a lot of pressure to be perfect here, in all ways. I know I have had feelings of this myself. This is why I found this article interesting.

The "Most Vain City" was selected by this criteria:

To rank the cities, we collected the number of plastic surgeons in the country's 50 most populated cities. We excluded residents under the age of 18, leaving out a small number of children and adolescents who undergo reconstructive or cosmetic plastic surgery. While it was impossible to determine the number of reconstructive procedures as opposed to cosmetic surgeries in each city, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, reconstructive procedures account for about one-third of all plastic surgery procedures.

We obtained the number of plastic surgeons in each city from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a membership organization that represents about 90% of all plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. While plastic surgeons often practice without certification from the ABPS--and therefore were excluded from our data--it is recommended that patients seek out physicians with this credential.

Next we calculated the number of surgeons per 100,000 people. Though there are at least 591 plastic surgeons in New York City, there were four per 100,000 people. Salt Lake City had only 45 surgeons but a total of six per 100,000 people. Unexpected entries like Salt Lake City, Nashville and Louisville might rise to the top, given smaller populations and medical or university programs and centers that focus on plastic surgery. An influx of younger, more affluent residents into the smaller cities may also account for the rising number of plastic surgeons.

This, according to Forbes, is also true to Salt Lake:

Spending habits: Locals also spend more on cosmetics purchases at the grocery store than their peers in cities of similar size, according to Information Resources, a research company that tracks cosmetics and toiletries sales. In the last year, residents spent $2,207,450 worth on hair coloring, $116,478 on hair growth products, $2,512,081 on facial cosmetics and $4,416,067 on skin care products. In Oklahoma City, which has a slightly larger population, shoppers spent $172,080 on hair coloring, $9,323 on hair growth products, $190,820 on facial cosmetics and $402,956 on skin care products.

The Top 10 Vainest Cities:

1. Salt Lake City
2. San Francisco
3. San Diego
4. San Jose, CA
5. Miami
6. Louisville, KY
7. Nashville, TN
8. Virginia Beach
9. New York City
10. Los Angeles


kemra said...

Wow! I had no idea it was so bad! Good thing you are naturally beautiful, and look great with no makeup and hair in a pony tail!

heather said...

Very interesting! So...there is a fairly decent chance that I'll be living in Provo come July...is the having to look your best at Wal-Mart thing there too? If so, I'm thinking about being the one to change the system. Honestly. Who gets dressed up to go to Wal-Mart? Puh-leez. Be REAL people. Urgh. The down fall of the mormon mom: feeling the need to be perfect in every possible way.

Not in my world!! What do you say? Are you with me? I think if you are still there when I get there (if I do) then we will have to head to Wal-Mart in PAJAMAS without make-up and our hair in pony tails. What do say?

Donelle said...

What's funny is that on my flight home the dude who was sitting next to me told me about this. How was your Christmas? Miss you guys!

Anonymous said...

Give me a break. I've lived in Utah my entire life, and know there are plenty of women who shop at Wal-mart and elsewhere, who don't give a flying fig about what they look like. I know, my friends and I laugh at them. By the way, I go with no makeup and a ponytail, and occasionally in my slippers. If you think people are looking at you askance it's probably your own sense of inadequacy, not anything external.

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