Manly Cities

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(WOIO) - Mars Chocolate North America announced the release of the second annual COMBOS® "America's Manliest Cities" study – crowning Charlotte, N.C. with this year's top spot of manliness while last year's top city, Nashville, Tenn., dropped to fourth in the rankings.

Cleveland ranked 15th, and Columbus pulled in the #2 spot. Not bad! [Check out the entire manly list HERE!]

The manly study ranks 50 major metropolitan areas, using manly criteria like the number of home improvement stores, steak houses, pickup trucks and motorcycles per capita.

Several cities made big jumps up the rankings this year – Chicago, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia all broke the top 10 after being in the lower half of last year's rankings. In addition to cities improving or declining in returning categories, the change in rankings can also be attributed to a new category this year – manly occupations (fire fighters, police officers, construction workers and EMT personnel).

The manly occupations category was added this year to recognize the hard-working guys that make so many American cities great places to live.