A 2009 study found that tanning salons were more prevalent than Starbucks outlets in many of the country's largest 116 cities. Here are the top and bottom, as well as where the Twin Cities rank.

Salons per


City residents

Charleston, W.Va. 33.7

Pittsburgh 27.8

Akron, Ohio 26.3

Portland, Maine 24.9

Columbia, S.C. 24.1

St. Paul 13.2

National mean 11.8

Minneapolis 9.9

Stockton, Calif. 2.5

San Francisco 2.3

New York 2.3

Washington, D.C. 2.1

El Paso, Texas 1.6

Source: San Diego State University