West Michigan named 14th ‘sexiest city’ in US

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Three West Michigan cities combined to crack the top 25 sexist cities, according to Pure Romance.

The global direct seller of “relationship-enhancing” products for women recently compiled a list of the 25 Sexiest U.S. Cities, based on online product sales and net regional sales, and Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek region was No. 14.

Detroit earned the No. 1 spot for Sexiest U.S. City, according to the ranking. Additionally, overall sales of sex toys in 2020 went up 49.7% from 2019 with more than 933,000 sex toys sold, realizing $72 million dollars in retail sales for Pure Romance.

“Based on our sales of relationship enhancement products by our 45,000 consultants, Detroit is the sexiest city in America,” said Chris Cicchinelli, Pure Romance CEO and president. “It just reflects that during the past year, we have been spending more time at home and many of us have taken advantage of that time to rekindle relationships.”

A survey by the Indiana University School of Public Health taken during the first month of the pandemic showed adults were able to fight off depression and loneliness during stay-at-home orders by maintaining their social and, especially, their sexual connections.

According to the study, “Those who maintained frequent in-person … social and sexual connections had better mental health outcomes.”

Increases in Pure Romance skin care sales also reflected how people are taking time to take care of themselves, as beauty and bath products made up two of the top three best-selling categories in the past year.

“Sometimes we don’t allow ourselves time for self care because we feel we’re being selfish,” said Patty Brisben, Pure Romance founder. “Sometimes you might do a better job if you take 10, 15 minutes, a half-hour, to yourself. You’ll do a much better job if you give back to yourself.”

Top 25 Sexiest U.S. Cities

  1. Detroit
  2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  3. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
  4. Washington, D.C.
  5. Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida
  6. St. Louis, Missouri
  7. Salt Lake City, Utah
  8. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  9. Chicago, Illinois
  10. Atlanta, Georgia
  11. New York City, New York
  12. Cincinnati, Ohio
  13. Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque, Iowa
  14. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek
  15. Buffalo, New York
  16. Cleveland-Akron, Ohio
  17. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  18. Portland, Oregon
  19. Hartford-New Haven, Connecticut
  20. Columbus, Ohio
  21. Baltimore, Maryland
  22. Houston, Texas
  23. Kansas City, Missouri
  24. Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, Pennsylvania
  25. Orlando-Daytona-Melbourne, Florida

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