Minneapolis is one of the most sinful cities in the country, study says

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Minneapolis "ranked in the top 10 for adult entertainment, aka lust," Movoto writes. "Something tells us that doesn't mean karaoke."
Minnesota might be nice, but a new study concludes that Minneapolis is actually quite naughty.

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The City of Lakes rated as the third-most sinful city in the nation in the Movoto real estate blog's list of "The 10 Most Sinful Cities in America."

Movoto's methodology is based on the Christian notion of the "seven deadly sins," with each one translated into a criterion "that makes sense for modern city living." Here they are:
-- Strip clubs per capita (Lust)
-- Cosmetic surgeons per capita (Pride)
-- Violent crime per year per 1,000 residents (Wrath)
-- Theft per year per 1,000 residents (Envy)
-- Percentage of disposable income given to charity each year (Greed)
-- Percentage of obese residents (Gluttony)
-- Percentage of physically inactive residents (Sloth)
"With those figured out, we looked at the 95 most populous cities in the United States (we had to exclude Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Indianapolis, Toledo, and Tucson since they don't report some of this data) to see how they stacked up in each criterion," Movoto writes. "We ranked each city from 1 to 95 -- with 1 being most sinful and 95 being least -- and averaged the scores across all criteria to come up with our final list of 10 most sinful locales."

Here's how the list of the top 10 sinful cities shook out:
1. St. Louis, MO
2. Orlando, FL
3. Minneapolis, MN
4. Pittsburgh, PA
5. Milwaukee, WI
6. Cincinnati, OH
7. Miami, FL
8. Buffalo, NY
9. Detroit, MI
10. Las Vegas, NV
Curiously, Movoto reports that Minneapolis ranks as the second most-sinful city in the "Sloth" category, as 30 percent of Minneapolis residents "aren't meeting government physical activity guidelines" according to CDC data. Only Tulsa, at 32.4 percent, has a higher percentage of residents not meeting that standard.

Of course, just last month, the American Fitness Index concluded that the Twin Cities is the healthiest metro in the country for the third year running. So it appears we're both naughty and nice, depending on what data set you're looking at.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.



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27 comments
alexjarvis88
alexjarvis88

Either we are both naughty and nice, or one of the data collection methods was flawed.  Based on my experience in the Twin Cities, I am much more inclined to believe that one of the data sets is highly inaccurate in some respects.  This one seems pretty believable.

tommyBoye
tommyBoye

Kick ass! We've been working a long time to get here. I'd like to thank everyone of my friends for making this happen. From the fattest, to the most hedonistic, we are slowly turning this city around. Let's try to get this town to number one next year.

Erica Anderson
Erica Anderson

I am sure the LGBT community feels the same exact way about you.

qwer
qwer

I used to think I didn't have much talent, but now I'm thinking I should start freelancing photo-illustrating. To this magazine at least.

Jennifer Beth Mykleby
Jennifer Beth Mykleby

For conservatives we are one evil sinful badass city. ..proud to be a badass minneapolton

Tim Burkhardt
Tim Burkhardt

Wonder where the greater Hinckley area ranks?

lauriellen
lauriellen

Er, how is "greed" determined by how much one gives to charity? Greed is about amassing wealth/possessions, not keeping them. Not giving to charity would be selfishness. Greed would be illustrated better by the number of high earners or something else having to do with achieving wealth.

Michael Peck
Michael Peck

Is forcing taxpayers to pick up the tab for luxury pro sports venues now considered sinful?

Ahmed Tarek
Ahmed Tarek

Just in sloth dude, the highest among the states!

Ben Sobieski
Ben Sobieski

You guys really get off on these "studies" don't you. Every.single.day. Which arbitrary ranking will make us feel superior to most cities tomorrow?

qwer
qwer

@lauriellen Ehh, you're just getting into semantics. Some could argue self-interest isn't greed, or a consider greed the same as selfishness, or that they're all one in the same but there are hostile/virtuous forms. It's just a silly rank, best to leave it at that.

Erica
Erica

@Michael Maki I bet you think those "gross" gay people have cooties too.

Onan
Onan

@Michael Maki  - You mean the ones who don't shower?

lauriellen
lauriellen

@Ben Sobieski I would say it's more of a tongue-in-cheek story.

kennyX
kennyX

@Ben Sobieski It's typical of most people who live in Minneapolis. They will grab on to any bit of information--as trivial as it may be--to make this town seem more important--in their eyes--than it actually is: A mediocre medium-sized Midwestern city. Nothing more, nothing less. 

adamwogen1
adamwogen1

@Ben Sobieski I thought they could have stopped with "purest AND cheapest heroin in the nation"

Onan
Onan

@Erica  - Just girls have teh cooties. I learned that in second grade.

bensobieski
bensobieski

@lauriellen The "tongue-in-cheek" surveys are the hippest. Bike paths and education lists are so lame stream. I'm going to float some awesome city studies on the net and see if City Pages picks them up. (Pretend you didn't read this City Pages.)

Erica
Erica

@kennyX I bet where you live is so much better right Kenny X? (eyes rolling)

Onan
Onan

@kennyX @Erica  - Let me guess, kennyX lives in his little self-important bubble in a "white-bread" gentrified suburb. Going to the Applebee's again to hang out?

kennyX
kennyX

@Erica Oh let me guess........you live in either Uptown or Northeast and you think you live in Greenwich Village or West Hollywood. 

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