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America's Hairiest States, Ranked

It's a question that burns in the back of everyone's mind: Where in the U.S. are people the hairiest?


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Well, we may now have the answer. The dating app SCRUFF compiled statistics on body hair reported by its users to sus out which U.S. state claims the hairiest male population.

This Map Shows The Hairiest States in the U.S.

 

According to the results, hairiness apparently corresponds to geography: colder states reported more hair, while sunnier locales had smoother dudes — with the exception of Alaska, which ranked close to last in hairiness. Vermont is apparently the hairiest, followed by Maine, Oregon, New Hampshire and West Virginia. On the other end of the spectrum, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Nevada, Alaska and South Dakota rank the smoothest.

SCRUFF didn't provide any insight about the extent to which hairiness levels are biological or based on external factors like waxing or shaving, nor did it say whether respondents were transplants or homegrown, so to speak.

These Cities Have The Hairiest Dudes

 

SCRUFF found that the hairiest cities are: Everett, Washington; Evansville, Indiana; Portland, Oregon; Manchester, New Hampshire; Alexandria, Virginia. America's smoother set, on the other hand are: Elk Grove, California; Murrieta, Georgia; Temecula, California; North Las Vegas, Nevada; Fayetteville, North Carolina.

The maps come as cultural trends shift away from the clean shaven gleam of 10 or 20 years ago and toward more rugged facial hair. The "lumbersexual" look which champions a bearded and woodsy affect — and which some argue was appropriated from the gay "bear" dynamic — is evidence enough. It's worth noting that SCRUFF's hair-forward data is presented in a sexualized context and is mostly limited to the gay community. Still, it's just one sign that the hairless-as-sexy image that has dominated both the idealized male and female form is on its way out.