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Sin Lake City? SLCs 'wholesome' reputation takes hit

Posted at 2:41 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 17:36:24-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City's nationwide reputation as one of the most wholesome cities in the U.S. has taken a hit in a new survey.

WalletHub's list of Most Sinful Cities in America ranks Salt Lake City in 78th position, which sounds pretty good... until you realize that over 180 U.S. cities were ranked overall!

In fact, SLC ranked fairly high, No. 26, in the "Vanity" category in which the study measures tanning salons per capita and Google searches for "Top 3 Plastic Surgeries."

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Utah's state capital also ranked well above the rest of the country in the "Jealousy" category where thefts per 1,000 residents, identity theft and fraud complaints placed Salt Lake City in the 22nd position.

Salt Lake City was middle of the pack in other categories:

Anger & Hatred: 71
Excesses & Vices: 149
Greed: 167
Lust: 43
Laziness: 180

If you were wondering, the "Lust" category weighs a city's adult entertainment establishments per capita, Google searches for x-rated material, most active Tinder users and teen birth weight. So No. 43 is still an interesting ranking.

According to the study, only Seattle and Missoula were less lazy than Salt Lake City.

There is good news for those SLC residents who crave a little debauchery; Las Vegas, the most sinful city in the entire country, is just hours away.


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