The Manliest City in America

Looking for somewhere to go on your next mancation? Try Charlotte, NC--deemed by the venerable institution of Judging Such Things, the makers of Combos™--as America's Manliest City. What makes Charlotte so, so manly?
The ranking process changed a little this year, using manly criteria like the number of home improvement stores, steak houses, pickup trucks and motorcycles per capita.

Last year's rankings were based on criteria such as number of professional sports teams, popularity of power tools, and frequency of monster truck rallies.
Very convenient for Charlotte since the Manliest Manly Men decided they need a festival just for them--DudeFest (emphasis mine):
DudeFest is committed to producing a high quality, diversified, masculine based, musical experience which attracts a broad audience, loyal supporters and talented preformers in an annual celebration of music and all things Dude; 'a nice guy...a regular sort of person', by re-enforcing the strengths of southern masculinity, grace and respect in our everyday lives. The annual proceeds realized from DudeFest will be used to promote the work and efforts of nonprofit organizations benefitting those in need within the Charlotte community.

DudeFest Charlotte 2010 presents a variety of bands, a dunking booth, a motorcycle rally, a chicken wing eating contest, Mike's Giant Guitars, beer tasting ($10 add-on). and more
Chicken wing eating contest? No, no. I believe the standard for measuring a Manly Man is how many 'O' magazines he can rip up at one time. Anyway, back to the city title rankings:
The study is commissioned by COMBOS Brand in partnership with Bert Sperling, the research expert behind the popular "Best Places to Live" studies. The "America's Manliest Cities" study ranks 50 major metropolitan areas.

According to the study, Charlotte now has chief bragging rights on manliness thanks to its top 10 rankings in the sports, manly lifestyle, manly retail stores, manly occupations and salty snack sales categories.


In addition to cities improving or declining in returning categories, the change in rankings can also be attributed to a new category this year – manly occupations (fire fighters, police officers, construction workers and EMT personnel).

The manly occupations category was added this year to recognize the hard-working guys that make so many American cities great places to live.
That's right! No hard-working women make so many American cities great places to live! Women as fire fighters, police officers, EMTs, or construction workers? Who has every heard of that? Apparently my city, since we're #50! I've never been so happy to come in last.

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