Atlanta named the sixth ‘most sinful’ city in America

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We all have our vices. Some cities, however, seem to have more than others.

According to a new report from personal finance website WalletHub, Las Vegas isn't the only "Sin City" in America. To determine the most sinful cities of all, researchers compared 182 cities — including the 150 most populated in the United States — plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across seven key dimensions: anger and hatred; jealousy; excesses and vices; greed; lust; vanity and laziness.

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Analysts further evaluated the seven sinful dimensions using 37 relevant metrics, such as violent crimes per capita, number of mass shootings, thefts per capita, share of obese adults, excessive drinking, casinos and adult entertainment establishments per capita and share of adults not exercising.

Las Vegas unsurprisingly topped the list, ranking in the top five for greed, vanity and laziness.

Los Angeles and New York rounded out the top three.

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The least sinful cities of all: South Burlington, Vermont; Pearl City, Hawaii; and Columbia, Maryland.

Of the 182 cities on the list, Atlanta ranked sixth, a big jump from its No. 33 rank just two years ago.

Here’s more on how Atlanta fared:

  • Overall rank: 6
  • Anger and hatred (violent crimes per capita, hate crime incidents, mass shootings etc): 31
  • Jealousy (thefts, identity theft complaints and fraud per capita): 2
  • Excesses and vices (excessive drinking, share of smokers, drug overdoses etc.): 83
  • Greed (casinos per capita, share of charitable donations etc.): 167
  • Lust (adult entertainment, teen birth rate, active Tinder users etc.): 4
  • Vanity (beauty salons, tanning salons per capita): 7
  • Laziness (share of adults not exercising, high school dropout rate etc.): 47

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Atlanta, home to Magic City and Cheetah Lounge, also tied for No. 1 with three other cities when it came to the most adult entertainment establishments per capita.

Other Georgia cities on the list, Augusta and Columbus, ranked 71st and 111th, respectively.

Here are the three most sinful cities for each of the seven sinful dimensions:

Anger and hatred

  1. St. Louis
  2. Detroit
  3. Baton Rouge, Louisiana


  1. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  2. Atlanta
  3. Detroit

Excesses and vices

  1. St. Louis
  2. Cincinnati, Ohio
  3. Jacksonville, Florida


  1. Gulfport, Mississippi
  2. Reno, Nevada
  3. Billings, Montana


  1. Los Angeles
  2. Houston
  3. New York


  1. Los Angeles
  2. New York
  3. San Diego


  1. North Las Vegas, Nevada
  2. Hialeah, Florida
  3. Las Vegas

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