Bay Area residents among worst in US at showering, changing underwear: survey


Which cities in America have the best hygiene habits? 

Apparently, not the Bay Area.

A new survey shows the Bay Area (listed in the survey as San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose corridor) ranks among the worst when it comes to its people bathing/showering, changing underwear, and changing the bedsheets. 

Overall, San Francisco ranked 4th among the cities with the worst hygiene habits. 

Seattle-Tacoma took the top spot, followed by Denver, then Washington, D.C. 

To get the results, researchers chose 25 of America’s largest metropolises and surveyed at least 100 people in each city who were willing to share their personal hygiene behaviors. 

Data was based on six criteria, which included how often residents shower or bathe, how often they brush their teeth, and how often they wash their hands after using the toilet. 

San Francisco ranked No. 2 (second worst) in the following categories: 

  • Where people shower or bathe least often
  • Where people wash their sheets least often
  • Where people change their underwear least often 

San Francisco residents are the second least likely to shower, with 7.5% reporting they shower every 4-5 days or less. 

San Francisco residents also rank low on the list for changing their sheets, with 15.9% reporting they change them every 2 months or less

A total 5.6% of San Francisco residents report wearing the same underwear for 4-5 days or more, and another 11.2% said 2-3 days. 

Miami-Ft. Lauderdale residents scored at the top, making their location the most hygienic metro area in the U.S., according the study. 

Other cities to join Miami-Ft. Lauderdale in the top of the bunch were New Orleans, Charlotte, Detroit, and New York. 

>> Click here to see the full study.

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