Miami Is America's Beard-Friendliest City

Forget Seattle, Portland, and Austin. 

Miami is the beard-friendliest city in America by measure of social media posts and Google searches, according to the nation's biggest maker of facial trimmers. 

Wahl Inc. does an annual review of cities, and Miami barely topped Washington, D.C., last year's winner, in a national survey. The company will offer free beard trimming at tonight's game at Marlins Park versus the Washington Nationals. For each beard trimmed, a buck will be contributed to charity.

Miami jumped in a big way this year — 14 spots — according to Wahl spokeswoman Robyn Nowak. Austin, in fact, made the largest jump on the list — up 20 spots — but didn't top the Magic City. The figures are measured per capita, so the love of beards seems to be greater in the Magic City. The company will kick off a Facial Hair Friendly Cities Tour tonight.

Texas dominated statewide, with five of its cities in the top 50. The research was done by Princeton, New Jersey-based Opinion Research Corporation.
South Florida has its own chapters of the national group Brotherhood of Mustaches and Beards. 

"We’d like to congratulate Miami on becoming this year’s most facial-hair-friendly city,” said Steven Yde, division vice president for Wahl. 

Here are the top 25 cities:

1. Miami (up 14 spots)
2. Washington, D.C. (down 1 spot)
3. Dallas (up 16 spots)
4. Atlanta (up 10 spots)
5. Austin (up 20 spots)
6. Minneapolis (up 10 spots)
7. Seattle (down 4 spots)
8. Portland (up 14 spots)
9. Pittsburgh (new to the top 50)
10. San Francisco (down 6 spots)
11. Boston (up 6 spots)
12. Las Vegas (up 8 spots)
13. Cleveland (news to the top 50)
14. Baltimore (up 9 spots)
15. Kansas City, MO (up 3 spots)
16. Los Angeles (down 14 spots)
17. New Orleans (up 4 spots)
18. Chicago (down 11 spots)
19. Denver (down 13 spots)
20. Nashville (down 15 spots)
21. San Diego (down 12 spots)
22. Sacramento, CA (down 11 spots)
23. Tampa (up 1 spot)
24. Albuquerque (up 24 spots)
25. Houston (up 3 spots)

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