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Bay Area is home to two of the least sinful cities in the U.S.


Cue the noisemakers. The end of the year is traditionally a time for going hog wild. Most of us feel moved to over indulge in one vice or another during the celebratory holiday season. Think decadent deserts, chilled shakers of champagne cocktails and sleeping until noon. Or maybe eggnog is your weakness.

That’s why the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on the 2019’s Most Sinful Cities in America. To create a ranking of the most wicked places in America, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities based on seven “sinful” behaviors: anger and hatred, jealousy, excesses and vices, greed, lust, vanity and laziness. While the report uses the term sinful in a distinctly tongue-in-cheek manner, it also reveals some choice local tidbits about Bay Area lifestyles and behavior, which paint a pretty virtuous picture of the region compared with the rest of the nation.

“Americans are the fattest people in the world and every year sustain $150 to $210 billion in losses as a result,” as the report notes. “Plus, Americans began 2019 with over $1 trillion in credit card debt.”

The good news is that the Bay Area deviates from this norm on several key points. Fremont, for instance, has the lowest share of obese adults, 15.30 percent. That’s 3.1 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 47.40 percent. The East Bay city also fares well on the vanity front, with one of the fewest amounts of tanning salons per capita. The town is also noted for having fewer adult entertainment establishments per capita, so it scored well on the lust metric.

San Jose, meanwhile, gets props for healthy living. The capital of Silicon Valley has the lowest share of adult smokers, 8.20 percent. That’s three times lower than in St. Louis, the city with the highest at 24.69 percent. Oakland ranked in the middle-of-the-pack in terms of the seven deadly sins.

“San Jose and Fremont … are among the least sinful cities,” says WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez.

Of all the Bay Area cities, San Francisco had the highest sinful ranking at #17. The city by the bay had a high jealousy rating, according to the report, but low numbers for greed. Vanity and drug use were also factors.

“The reasons for this range from the serious, like drug use, to the silly, like having the most beauty salons per capita, which falls under the vanity category,” says Gonzalez.

For the record, Las Vegas lived up to its reputation, walking away with the title of most sinful city in the country, while Los Angeles came in second. Pearl City, HI nabbed the least wicked designation.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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