How Smart (or Dumb) is your City on the Sun?

Credit: Flickr via Ian Webb.

You won't find Lobster Boy in Hartford, Connecticut. Or Salt Lake City, Utah, or Denver, Colorado, for that matter. Those are the top three most "Suntelligent" big cities in the U.S., according to a survey by the American Academy of Dermatology. The most sun-dumb? Cleveland, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Don't be offended if you live in one of the cities at the bottom of the list. And don't be too proud if you're at the top. The point here is that people need to wear sunscreen when they're going to be spending time outdoors, notes the GovGab blog. Even if you're in a smart city, it's still up to you to take precautions and use sunscreen. Not only is a sunburn painful, but it puts you at increased risk for skin cancer. And can subject you to nicknames like "Lobster Boy."

The American Academy of Dermatology poll surveyed more than 7,000 adults on their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors toward preventing and detecting skin cancer.

Some highlights:


  • 81% of Pittsburgh residents agreed that people look more attractive with a tan;

  • 65% of Denver residents agreed that people look more attractive with a tan;

  • 73% of Pittsburgh residents believe people look healthier with a tan;

  • 58% of Denver residents believe people look healthier with a tan.

  • 66% of Minneapolis residents believe that sun exposure is good for your heath;

  • 53% of Salt Lake City residents believe that sun exposure is good for your health.


So you see, even in the highly ranked cities, there's still some learnin' to do.

You can take the "Suntelligence Survey" yourself, too.

Tips on choosing and applying sunscreen are available from the Centers for Disease Control, in Atlanta, Georgia, No. 7 on the list.

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