Tampa lands on travel mag’s best of list for good-looking locals

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Tampa residents are hot. Not temperature hot. Sexy hot. That’s according to a new ranking by Travel + Leisure magazine putting Tampa at number ten in the country for most attractive people.

“These Floridians may have struck readers as a little vain: they placed in the top 10 for being both pretty and snobby,” the review reads. “Tampa locals enjoy a good platform for their looks at the high-ranking nightclubs.”

The magazine notes there are some eclectic choices for all the city’s hotties to hang out.

“You can choose from the chic rooftop EDGE at The Epicurean Hotel or the more raucous, swimsuits-and-volleyball Hogan’s Beach, owned by Hulk Hogan himself. Tampa also scored well for its burgers: you can see the local drag queen beauties at kitschy favorite Hamburger Mary’s in the historic Ybor City neighborhood.”

In Tampa, even the cross-dressers are hot!

Tampa isn’t the only Florida city to boast good-looking residents. Miami came in at number one on the list. Other sexy cities include, not surprisingly, L.A. and San Diego and, surprisingly, Charleston, Providence and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Honolulu also made the list with its beach-bod laden populous as well as country music hub Nashville and the Walking Dead zombie center, Atlanta.

Rounding out the list for most un-attractive people were Detroit, Memphis and Baltimore. Pennsylvania is clearly not a place for vanity. It’s two biggest cities, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, made number five and six for least attractive residents.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.