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Yuck! Tampa ranks as America’s sweatiest city

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Tampians may be spending too much time hitting the gym to uphold their status of sexiest city. A new study has found that not only are the people in Tampa sexy, they’re also sweaty.

Honeywell Fans partnered with a team of scientists to rank 10 cities as the “sweatiest” in the nation. Tampa topped the list with two other Florida cities – Orlando and Miami – also making the top ten.

It seems a daunting task to figure out which cities lend to more perspiration than others. Sadly, researchers didn’t wander around swapping people’s armpits and backsides.

Instead, researchers analyzed data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Associatio’s National Climatic Data Center and the U.S. Census Bureau. That, in and of itself, seems like sweaty work.

Scientists looked at the average temperature and humidity during summer months – making Tampa an obvious contender for the top spot – as well as population and housing density and average wind speed.

The combination of factors looked at explains why even though most of the top 10 cities are in geographically Southern states, Washington, D.C., landed at number six. Anyone who’s ever been to D.C. in the summer knows it’s hotter than Hades.

That may or may not have to do with the political hell that is Capitol Hill these days.

“Geographic location has a major influence on temperatures, but so does infrastructure like residential buildings or heavy industry, which can trap heat or contribute to heat output,” said Dr. Ted Myatt with the group Environmental Health and Engineering, according to the Daily Caller. “It’s no wonder why so many songs are written about hot times and summer in the city.”

Needless to say, while the study assumes heat-related conditions yield more sweat it doesn’t necessarily mean Tampanians are dripping with perspiration. Though, it may be a good excuse for makers of antiperspirants to open up shop in Tampa Bay.

That was sort of the idea when Honeywell went after the idea of a sweat study. The press release noted Honeywell planned the study with the release of its new “HoneywellTurbo on the Go portable folding fan.” Apparently that’s a mobile electric fan.

Obviously that would help with the sweat problem.

Here’s the list of sweaty cities:

1: Tampa, FL

2: Miami, FL

3: Houston, TX

4: San Diego, CA

5: Orlando, FL

6: Washington, DC

7: Raleigh, NC

8: Los Angeles, CA

9: Dallas, TX

10: Charlotte, NC

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 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

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