When I think of Hartford, I think: Insurance, Yard Goats, and traffic.

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Apparently, I should be thinking: Wow, her skin is flawless, and his too, and her too. At least according to a recent article on sundayriley.com, which ranks Hartford, CT among the top 20 United States cities for healthy/ageless skin.

How did Sundayriley.com arrive at this conclusion? They did some number crunching, and ranked the top 50 most populous US cities based on 8 factors that affect skin health, and help achieve youthful-looking skin.

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Those factors are:

  • UV Index
  • Number of Med Spas per 100,000 People
  • Number of Dermatologists per 100,000 People
  • Percentage of People Who Wear Sunscreen
  • Average Cigarette Usage
  • Google Search Volume of "Retinoid" Over the Past 12 Months
  • Google Search Volume of "Hyaluronic Acid" Over the Past 12 Months
  • Google Search Volume of "Botox Near Me" Over the Past 12 Months
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After the numbers were crunched, Hartford came in at #13 on the list. Not nearly as good as our Northeast neighbors Boston and Providence, which both landed in the top 5. Here's the Top 13:

  1. Seattle, WA
  2. Boston, MA
  3. Louisville, KY
  4. Providence, RI
  5. Pittsburgh, PA
  6. Miami, FL
  7. Portland, OR
  8. Salt Lake City, UT
  9. Atlanta, GA
  10. Washington, DC.
  11. Minneapolis, MN
  12. Denver, CO
  13. Good ol' Hartford, CT
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Hartford? I was surprised too, Mrs. Large and I would have picked the flawless, botox-rich skins of Westport, Wilton, or Stamford. They're all packed with medi-spas, but those cities fall way under the population criteria for sundayriley.com's study. Hartford doesn't, it's packed with dermatologists, there's 167 dermatologists per 100,000 people in Hartford.

So the next time you need a nip/tuck, cigarette smoke-free air, a side of dermabrasion, and youthful-looking people who wear a lot of sunscreen? Hartford.

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