Diane Alter – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter
Anchorage, AK, United States (4E) – Known for is picture perfect postcard panoramic views, varied wildlife and storied mountaintops crowned with snow, Alaska is revered as a rugged territory and praised as a favored tourist and outdoors destination.
What is needed to stay secure and warm amid all those wild creatures and frosty temperatures has earned dwellers of the state’s most densely inhabited city a not-so complimentary characteristic.
Citing, the flannel shirts, heavy parkas and furry ear covers common in the far north city, Anchorage, Alaska, has been rated America’s least-stylish city by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine who took part in the magazine’s annual online poll ranking U.S. cities.
For the survey, poll participants were asked to rate 35 cities on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest.
The total scores were then averaged and rounded to the nearest hundredth. In the “Stylish” category, Anchorage scored last among non-residents with a score of 3.06.
Trailing close behind Anchorage in the magazine’s fashion “no” list is another city with a cold climate, Salt Lake City, Utah. Baltimore, MD., finished No. 3.
Orlando, Fla., where residents can blame the tourists that overrun their city dressed in Mickey Mouse garb, grabbed the fourth slot. The Texan cities of San Antonio and Dallas finished No. 5 and No. 6 respectfully.
The citizens of Atlanta were deemed the nation’s seventh least-stylish citizens thanks to the portrayal of the flashy TV stars of “The Real Housewives” of Atlanta.
Taking the top spot as most fashionable was New York City with a near-perfect score of 4.56, followed in order by San Juan, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
On behalf of the South, in an unexpectedly high finish, was the city of Savannah with a score of 4.32 from the magazine’s readers.