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D.C. Is "Sun-Smartest" City In U.S.

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 percent) don't use sunscreen on an average day.
Curious about the quiz? You can take it yourself on the AAD's Web site,

By Miranda Hitti
Reviewed by Louise Chang, M.D.
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