New York's so vain, it probably thinks this post is about the city. Well, it is. According to TotalBeauty.com, based on data collected from the US Census Bureau, the Big Apple has the most beauty salons and its citizens shell out the highest amount for beauty products:
Sure, there are only 4.1 plastic surgeons per 100,000 people in the New York City region (compared to Salt Lake City's six), but the Big Apple outspends every other city in nearly every category -- more than $21 million on hair coloring, $32.5 million on skin care, $5.5 million on makeup and nearly $530,000 on hair growth products. According to the Census Bureau, there were more than ten thousand personal care businesses (think: hair and nail salons, day spas) in 2002 (the most recent year available) -- nearly three times the number in any other city. The state of New York also has the second highest number of hair restoration surgeons, and chances are they're centralized around The City.
Coming in second was Miami, Florida, where there are 5.2 plastic surgeons per 100,000 inhabitants and $23 million is spent on beauty products...perhaps to compensate for the city's high levels of smoking and drinking and lack of exercise.
Farther down on the list, at #8, is the fake-and-bakin' town of Charleston, West Virginia, home to 33.7 tanning salons per 100,000 people.