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As Mardi Gras hits, Louisville ranks with the worst/best of the 'sin cities'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- While Louisville has made a habit of topping lists for best food and fun things to do, it's made a different kind of list this week. 

As Mardi Gras approaches, and good cities around world go bad, real estate website Trulia.com ranks Louisville up there with the worst of the 'sin cities.'

Louisville sits sixth on Trulia's list of the nation's top sin cities, listed by aggregate rankings of the city's alleged appetite for the seven deadly sins. 

Though Louisville doesn't make the top ten in any one category, it's average ranking for each sin lands it in the top ten overall. 

Here are the individual sin rankings for the Derby City:

Wrath N/A
Envy 29
Gluttony 26
Greed 49
Lust 47
Pride 95
Sloth 27

Vanity is calculated by the total number of tanning salons, plastic surgery establishments and beauty salons. 

Envy is calculated based on the difference between starter and luxury home prices divided by the average home price. 

Sloth is simply calculated by the average exercise per month for each city, while wrath takes into account each city’s violent crime index. 

Lust looks at each city’s number of adult entertainment facilities, while gluttony looks at the total of the city’s smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity rates. 

Finally, greed is compiled by the difference between the city’s gambling and charitable giving rates. 

Here's the methodology according to the article:

In the creation of our Vice Index, we took a hedonic1 approach. We use the seven deadly sins, or cardinal sins, codified by Pope Gregory I in 590. The seven individual sin categories were first indexed and then ranked. The overall rankings were based off of the average rank of each the seven sin indexes per metro area. The seven individual sin category indexes are composed of the following inputs:

  • Lust: Yelp-defined Adult Entertainment Establishments per 10,000 households.
  • Gluttony: A composite of metro-level Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data on obesity rates, binge-drinking(2) rates, heavy drinking(3) rates, and smoking rates.
  • Greed: Yelp-defined horse and/or dog racing and gambling establishments per 10,000 households and county-level IRS charitable contributions data from itemized tax filings.
  • Sloth: Metro-level CDC data on proportion of residents who report having not exercised at least once in the past 30 days.
  • Wrath: Violent crime data per capita as reported in FBI crime statistics
  • Envy: The difference between the 25th and 75th percentiles of listing prices as a proportion of the median listing price in each metro area
  • Vanity: Yelp-defined beauty and tanning salons, as well as plastic surgery offices per 10,000 households

1 Hedonic - of, relating to, or characterized by pleasure
2 Binge drinking is when men consume 5 or more drinks, and women consume 4 or more drinks, in about 2 hours.
3 For men, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming 15 drinks or more per week. For women, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming 8 drinks or more per week.

You can find the full list and methodology here

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