Every year brings press released dressed up as reports on a city’s personality, and 2012 was no different. Here’s what superlatives, many of them based on arbitrary interpretations of statistically dubious data, told us about ourselves this year.
D.C. is the third rudest city in the nation, according to Travel + Leisure. Washingtonians are so rude, Travel + Leisure claims that residents would rather hang out with statues than flesh-and-blood neighbors.
62 percent of Washingtonians surveyed reported swearing at work, making the nation’s capital the most curse-happy city in the country.
The District is the best city for adulterers, according to mistress-finder website Ashley Madison. And with D.C.’s economic boom continuing, according to Ashley Madison’s CEO, there may be no end to the infidelity: “Simply put, the more successful you are, the more prone to cheating you are.”
We Can’t Drive
For the fifth year in a row, Allstate Insurance declared Washingtonians the worst drivers in the country.
We Go on Dates
The Daily Beast declared D.C. the 10th-best city in the country for dating, based on the percentage of single people in the population, the relative affluence of those single people, and the average price of a movie ticket.
But We’re Relaxed
Despite all the crashes en route to see our rude mistresses, the District ranked only 44th on a ranking of the country’s most stressed cities.
Photo by Flickr user Mr. T in DC under Creative Commons license