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Nation's Capital Is Savviest About Sun Exposure; Chicago Ranks Last of 32 U.S. Locations

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Top 32 Sun-Smart U.S. Locales

May 7, 2007 -- The American Academy of Dermatology today released its first-ever ranking of 32 "sun smart" cities and a few states. Washington, D.C. leads the list and Chicago is in last place.

More than 3,300 adults in those areas completed the AAD's online survey, "Rays: Your Grade," in February.

Survey topics included participants' history of sun exposure and their knowledge about tanning, sunburns, skin cancer, and sun protection.

The AAD's rankings are based on the responses of residents in each location. Here is the AAD's list. Locations that tied received the same number.

1. Washington, D.C.

2. New York

3. Miami

4. Tampa, Fla.

5. Los Angeles

6. Dallas

7. Salt Lake City

8. San Francisco

9. Idaho

9. Atlanta

9. Philadelphia

12. Phoenix

13. Portland, Ore.

14. Vermont

15. Providence, R.I.

15. Baltimore

15. Boston

18. Hartford, Conn.

18. Riverside, Calif.

20. Houston

21. New Hampshire

21. Denver

21. St. Louis

24. Cincinnati

24. San Diego

26. Detroit

27. Cleveland

27. Minneapolis

29. Seattle

30. Pittsburgh

31. Maine

32. Chicago

Other poll results include:

  • Nearly 3 in 4 participants feel that people look more attractive with a tan.
  • Nearly 4 out of 5 participants are concerned about skin cancer.
  • Nearly 2/3 of participants got a tan last year.
  • Half of participants got sunburned at least once last year.
  • Most participants (71%) don't use sunscreen on an average day.

Curious about the quiz? You can take it yourself on the AAD's web site,

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