Sunshine, white sand and whiskers— it’s a recipe for happiness anywhere, especially in Miami, where beards are abuzz.
The city’s let-it-grow lifestyle is why it now holds the title of Most Facial Hair Friendly City in America, according to an annual study from Wahl, the Official Sponsor of Facial Hair.
“We’d like to congratulate Miami on becoming this year’s most facial hair friendly city,” said Steven Yde, division vice president for Wahl.
2016 Top 25 Most Facial Hair Friendly 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 Top 50)
10. San Francisco (down 6 spots)
11. Boston (up 6 spots)
12. Las Vegas (up 8 spots)
13. Cleveland (NEW 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, Calif. (down 11 spots)
23. Tampa (up 1 spot)
24. Albuquerque (up 24 spots)
25. Houston (up 3 spots)
While general facial hair popularity helped dictate the results of the study, notable facial-hair-related events contributed to the rankings. Last year’s winner, Washington D.C., fell only one spot, thanks in part to its beard-loving baseball team.
(And soon ironic that those Nationals are playing the Marlins this weekend – which leads to…)
Free Trims at Marlins Park
To celebrate Miami’s accomplishment, Wahl is kicking off its national Facial Hair Friendly Cities Tour on Friday, May 20 at Marlins Park. The event takes place on the West Plaza during Miami’s three-game series with Washington. Fans are invited to visit and get a free mustache or beard trim prior to the game all weekend. Marlins great Carl Pavano (pictured above getting a trim) will also be at the mobile barbershop on Friday to meet and greet fans. (For every trim, Wahl will donate $1 to ZERO, a foundation that is leading the fight against prostate cancer.)
Friday, May 20 – 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday, May 21 – 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 – 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Marlins Park, West Plaza