Feeling guilty after a gluttonous Thanksgiving holiday? A new study from WalletHub will help you feel worse. The financial website with a list for everything has compiled a new one that ranks the “Most Sinful Cities In America,” and Tampa is No. 16 behind other Florida cities like Miami (No. 7) and Orlando (No. 10). St. Petersburg comes in at No. 72.
The least sinful city in the study? South Burlington, Vermont.
To determine the most sinful cities in America, WalletHub said that it compared 182 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across seven key dimensions: anger & hatred, jealousy, excesses and vices, greed, lust, vanity and laziness.
Tampa’s overall vice index came in at 47.44 and ranked highest (No. 9) in the “lust” metric (damn strip clubs), which measured dirty Google searches, most attractive Tinder users and the city’s teen birth rate. The "lust" metric also tracked adult entertainment establishments per capita, and Tampa is tied with Vegas, Portland and Atlanta for first.
St. Petersburg’s vice index was 38.37 and ranked highest (No. 8) in the “jealousy” metric (we know, you totally want to be Tampa, guys), which measured the number of beauty and tanning salons per capita, plus Google searches for “Top 5 Plastic Surgeries.”
“Curiously, the cities most aware of sin might be the best off. That is, when cities (or larger political collectives) start denying the reality of sin, they deny an abiding human reality,” Bryce J. Christensen, and assistant professor at Southern Utah University told WalletHub when asked to explain whether or not sinful behavior is innate versus being influenced by one’s surroundings.
“That reality quickly gets rebranded as crime, with any number of crusaders offering their measures to curtail the crime,” he added. “But only the terminally naive really believe in these secular crusaders.”
We can’t believe how many damn lists WalletHub has and how naughty everyone is around here.