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Nashville now ranks as the manliest city in America, according to Mars Snackfood US' "America's Manliest Cities" study, which was commissioned by the company's COMBOS Brand in partnership with Bert Sperling, the research expert behind the popular "Best Places to Live" studies.
In the study, COMBOS examines what makes a city manly, and then ranks 50 major metropolitan areas using criteria such as number of professional major league sports teams, popularity of tools and hardware, and frequency of monster truck rallies. Cities lose ranking points for emasculating characteristics like the abundance of home furnishing stores, high minivan sales and subscription rates to beauty magazines.
As the study found, Music City stands alone in manliness with its high number of NASCAR enthusiasts, popularity of hunting and fishing, and concentration of barbeque restaurants. Despite high ratings in the bowling category, New York City ranks 50th out of 50 due to low scores in fishing, home improvement and drag racing.
The manliest rankings come as COMBOS launches its Ultimate Man Zone Sweepstakes, an opportunity for guys to improve their favorite hangouts and win prize packages to upgrade their tailgating, grilling, home theater or gaming zones. Men nationwide can enter the sweepstakes at www.COMBOS.com. The entry deadline is May 31.
COMBOS -- the "Official Cheese-Filled Snack of NASCAR" -- is also road tripping around the United States, stopping at NASCAR races and other man-friendly sporting events and encouraging men to enter for a chance to win one of the Ultimate Man Zone packages.
The Ultimate Man Zone mobile tour makes stops in Daytona, Fla.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Orlando, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Bristol, Conn.; Martinsville, Va.; Baltimore, Md.; Talladega, Ala.; Richmond, Va.; Darlington, S.C.; Concord, N.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Dover, Del.