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These are The Most Sexually Diseased Cities in the USA

Despite our puritan heritage, Americans really love to have sex. It turns out, a lot of us like to have sex without protection, too. Using publicly available data sources, we’ve mapped sexually transmitted diseases across most major cities in the USA. The military helped cities rank strongly in the top 10, with Norfolk Naval Base, Ft. Hood, and Ft. Bragg all pushing their cities to the top.


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The Top 10 Most Sexually Diseased Cities are:

Rank City Total STDs Total STDs per 100,000
1 Montgomery, AL 4371 1899.20
2 St Louis, MO 5942 1867.54
3. West Memphis, AR (Part of the Memphis Metro) 859 1717.29
4. Philadelphia, PA 26151 1689.77
5. Norfolk, VA [Norfolk Naval Base] 4013 1632.74
6. Baltimore, MD 10134 1630.98
7. Richmond, VA 3248 1544.39
8. New Orleans, LA 5614 1520.37
9. Killeen, TX [Ft. Hood] 4887 1512.83
10. Fayetteville, NC [Ft. Bragg] 4826 1489.2

We have received many requests from the media for additional rankings, so we have expanded this list to include the top 100 most sexually diseased cities in America:


Ranking City Total STDs Total STDs Per 100,0000
11 Washington, DC 9060 1432.812
12 Bronx, NYC 19847 1409.115
13 Monroe, LA 2178 1401.878
14 Amarillo, TX 1701 1390.444
15 Jackson, MS 3453 1388.738
16 Indianapolis, 12608 1371.96
17 Shreveport, LA 3461 1346.205
18 Milwaukee,WI 12832 1343.377
19 Pine Bluff, AR 992 1327.57
20 Virginia Beach,VA 1270 1316.471
21 Carbondale, IL 786 1308.452
22 Rocky Mount, NC 716 1279.623
23 Gallup, NM 916 1254.52
24 Lafayette, LA 902 1218.935
25 Orangeburg, SC 1091 1192.663
26 Memphis, TN 11068 1176.491
27 Sumter, SC 1271 1176.285
28 Detroit, MI 21056 1174.761
29 Decatur, IL 1293 1174.152
30 Clarksville, TN-KY 2118 1148.167
31 Hattiesburg, MS 882 1147.034
32 Hampton, City 1566 1144.436
33 Greenville, NC 1974 1143.99
34 Cincinnati, OH 9076 1131.617
35 Greenwood, SC 786 1126.785
36 Birmingham, AL 7267 1101.046
37 Newport News, VA 1988 1100.008
38 Cleveland-, OH 13733 1085.517
39 Tallahassee, FL 3068 1081.161
40 Columbus, GA 624 1079.211
41 Jackson, TN 1040 1054.168
42 Longview, TX 1286 1048.444
43 Little RockAR 4063 1044.599
44 Lynchburg, VA 805 1043.923
45 Peoria, IL 1954 1043.502
46 Kansas City, MO 7050 1040.779
47 Roanoke, VA 1014 1040.331
48 Anchorage, AK 3102 1038.813
49 Show Low, AZ 1110 1036.473
50 Lawton, OK 1309 1035.683
51 Albany, GA 978 1034.91
52 Florence, SC 702 1030.247
53 Mobile, AL 4249 1026.487
54 Macon, GA 1602 1023.891
55 Greensboro, NC 5121 1022.403
56 Denver, CO 6453 1017.398
57 Augusta, GA 2037 1005.494
58 Durham, NC 2789 997.3502
59 San Francisco, CA 8141 985.7567
60 Opelousas, LA 824 984.9155
61 Gainesville, FL 2471 982.8293
62 Florence, SC 1350 978.6296
63 Corpus Christi, TX 3395 976.4417
64 Jacksonville, NC 1786 974.5557
65 Boston, MA 7246 973.3674
66 Manhattan, New York City, NY 15706 970.0511
67 Roanoke Rapids, NC 523 968.4109
68 Bakersfield, CA 8224 960.5704
69 Belleville, IL 2567 954.7791
70 Lumberton, NC 1285 948.3675
71 Tuscaloosa, AL 1882 947.6525
72 Odessa, TX 1365 945.7821
73 Columbia, SC 3724 945.5857
74 Meridian, MS 745 928.6961
75 Dothan, AL 953 921.6456
76 Winston-Salem, NC 3274 914.1753
77 Columbus, OH 10916 913.0625
78 Waco, TX 2179 912.8346
79 Louisville, KY 6842 911.2606
80 Charleston SC 3270 895.493
81 Lubbock, TX 2545 890.6075
82 Houma, LA 996 890.1361
83 Jacksonville, FL 7815 888.47
84 Champaign-Urbana, IL 1804 887.4634
85 Washington, DC Beltway (Prince George’s County) 7767 881.4737
86 Springfield, IL 1754 880.2084
87 Valdosta, GA 1008 879.9497
88 Gadsden, AL 915 876.5039
89 Chicago, IL 45834 876.1408
90 Fresno, CA 8257 871.088
91 Morgan City, LA 463 862.2456
92 Kinston, NC 510 861.0938
93 Gaffney, SC 478 858.7546
94 Brooklyn, NY 21987 856.9808
95 Toledo, OH 3753 856.8532
96 Dover, DE 1428 851.8965
97 San Antonio, TX 15193 850.8129
98 Newark, NJ 6700 850.5301
99 Huntsville, TX 580 847.8541
100 Fort Polk South, LA 456 846.498

How We Collected and Created This Data

The data used here comes from the CDC for 2013, and reflects reports of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. (Herpes data is not collected).  To normalize the data, we measured rates per 100,000 people. We chose only to show cities with a significant amount of population, so rural counties are not show on this map.


Specifically, we only rankied cities with a population of at least 50,000 or more. We ignored absolute STDs and only used the rate per 100k to establish rankings. We opted to treat Washington, DC. as a city and not a state. We also chose to represent each borough of NYC separately. They represent very different populations and should be treated as such.

The CDC makes available a wide range of statistical, anonymous data about STDs in America.



The 30 Best Surf Spots in the USA

Perhaps not as American as things like apple pie or Walmart, surfing still has its place in the hearts and minds of many who hail from the land of the free. There is nothing like harnessing the forces of Nature to do something incredible, and whether you’ve never tried surfing or have been doin’ it since you were barely out of diapers, surfing is a pretty darn incredible feat. You’re throwing yourself down the face of a wave of moving water and trying not to fall off—easier said than done—all while maneuvering a strange fiberglass board and keeping balanced. As a famous surfer once said, that’s pretty gnarly, bro. Here are 30 of the best surf spots in the USA.

30. The Wall, New Hampshire



Of all the US states that lie on either the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans, New Hampshire is the one with the least amount of coastline—just 18 miles. But even with very little exposure to an ocean swell, New Hampshire’s beaches pack a decent punch for surfing. The Wall is the pick of the lot, and especially during late summer when a hurricane is barreling in off the Atlantic, waves can get pretty good here. Just remember to bring a wetsuit!

29. Salmon Creek, California

Northern California is usually not the first place that comes to mind when surfers daydream about surfing this state’s legendary beaches. That’s good news for you though, because it means a whole lot more waves to yourself. The bad news is that the water is real chilly year-round, the currents here can suck you under if you do not know what you’re doing, and it is not uncommon to see man-eating Great White sharks trawling the waters for their dinner. They prefer seals, but probably wouldn’t say no to a piece of you.

28. Yakutat, Alaska



Alaska! Really, Alaska? Yes, in fact, you can surf in Alaska. Of course, you have to be a diehard surfer to ever consider donning a wetsuit (the thickest one you have) and grabbing your longboard. Hazards of surfing in Yakutat, an isolated and gorgeous community halfway between Juneau and Anchorage, include hypothermia and potentially hitting stray ice bergs. On the other hand, the views of Mt. Elias and the surrounding snow-capped mountains are beautiful to the point of surreal and the air and water are clean as can be. It can’t hurt to dip your toe into the water and take your board for a ride or two. To see more incredible pictures of Yakutat click here.

27. The Zoo, Michigan

Somewhere in Michigan’s desolate Upper Peninsula is a place called The Zoo. It’s unclear if The Zoo is just one beach or a series of them in one place or another along the southern shores of the vast Lake Superior, but wherever it is, the waves here can get pretty awesome. Like most lakeshore breaks, The Zoo is best surfed when there’s a storm brewing and you’ve got some good surf experience under your belt, or are at least completely reckless and throw caution to the (gale-force) wind. But if you can survive the paddle out, by all accounts The Zoo is one of the best freshwater waves you can surf in the USA or anywhere else, for that matter.

26. Ocean Beach, California


South Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach is where local surfers from San Francisco are most likely to go if they want to surf a wave in a pinch—you don’t even need a car, in fact, since the Muni goes all the way across the city. The water here is cold, the currents are strong, and the waves can easily go overhead, especially during the wintertime. Like most of Northern California, you do have to watch out for hungry sharks, but the reward is uncongested beaches, even when there are five foot barrels.

25. Long Beach, Washington

Long Beach, as the name would suggest, offers miles and miles of sandy breaks for anyone brave enough to withstand year-round frigid temperatures. Mostly the beaches here are sandy, so you don’t have to worry about underwater rocks that will snap your board (or you) in half. The waves here won’t get too big, but there are plenty of rip currents, so you probably don’t want to surf here unless you really know what you’re doing.

24. Klamath River, California



Way up in northern California, the Klamath River mouth is one of the best surf spots on the west coast for more experienced surfers. Why do you need to know what you’re doing here? For starters, there’s an extremely strong current, due to the confluence of the river with the driving Pacific Ocean. This means that the barrels here are to die for, but you could literally die—either from drowning, or also because the huge seal colony here, not to mention the salmon runs that happen in autumn are magnets for Great Whites (there are also migratory Gray Whales nearby, but they won’t bother you). Also, this place is deep in Klamath Indian territory, so remember that if you do come out here, respect the locals—this isn’t just a beach to them.

23. Ocean City, Maryland

This boardwalk town is a popular Maryland getaway for residents up and down the mid-Atlantic coast. During late summer it also features some pretty solid waves, especially if there are any storms brewing offshore. The jetties here help to create some decent peaks, and on a big day waves can go overhead. Better yet, the currents coming up from the south mean that you won’t freeze your buns off. But this is the East Coast—so you’re not looking at year-round surf here, just something to do between July and October.

22. Cape Kiwanda, Oregon

Cape Kiwanda Surfer


Cape Kiwanda is one of those surf spots that is about the scene outside of the water as much as it is about the waves you catch. While the waves here can get pretty big (up to 15’ during a heavy swell), it’s the surf shop—run by longtime local Bob Ledbetter—in nearby Pacific City (which is anything but city-sized) that is just as much of an attraction as the waves themselves. With an idyllic, laid-back vibe and a surf tournament in August that attracts plenty of big West Coast names, Cape Kiwanda is the real deal for surfing, as long as you bring a wetsuit, of course.

21. S Turns, North Carolina

Ask any die-hard surfer where the best surfing on the East Coast can be found and they are more than likely to tell you a break somewhere along North Carolina’s famed Outer Banks. With close to 300 miles of pristine sandy beaches and a front row seat directly in the path of the best swells that the Atlantic has to offer, you can surf in the Outer Banks almost year-round. S Turns is by most estimations the pick of a generous lot of beaches to surf at in North Carolina.

20. Windansea, California3018507729_df76216157_m


Windansea is a one of San Diego’s best-kept secrets, the sort of place you do not step in the water unless you are an old pro or have a buddy who goes out there. Known as much for an unforgiving reef as it is for aggressive locals, the payoff at Windansea—assuming you do not get your butt kicked by either the local surfers or the reef itself—is a gorgeous, peaky wave that holds shape up to overhead. Especially in winter, Windansea is a gorgeous challenge for any experienced surfer.

19. Narragansett, Rhode Island

The Ocean State may be small, but it has a ton of shoreline thanks to the many inlets and rivermouths dotting the coast. Out of all of these beaches, perhaps the best is Narragansett, which is well known for being gentle on beginners. Another great reason to pay a visit to ‘Gansett is because the local brewery here, Narragansett Beer, makes some of the easiest drinking suds in the Northeast. Not to mention the legendary ‘Gansett Girls, the beer brand’s famous pinups who have landed this coastal enclave on the map. Beers, babes, and most of all, great waves: How could Narragansett not be one of the best surf spots in the USA??

18. Silver Strand, California



The beaches of Ventura County, just north of Los Angeles, are sometimes overlooked thanks to their more famous sisters to the south in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties. However, Silver Strand beach, which abuts a couple of huge jetties and is opposite the Channel Islands, can go head to head with pretty much any other break in Southern California. Powerful waves and long barrels characterize the waves here, and while the locals have been known to make things tough for visiting surfers, you can’t really blame them for wanting this world-class break to themselves.

17. Cocoa Beach, Florida

This beach would otherwise be more remarkable for its proximity to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, except that the undisputed best surfer in the world, Kelly Slater, grew up here and learned how to surf on the gentle waves here at Cocoa Beach. Yes, I’ll say that again: Kelly Slater. The guy who brought surfing into the mainstream, gave it a face that could market to the public—he learned how to surf here. So don’t stick your nose up at Cocoa Beach; if it was good enough for the world’s greatest surfer, no doubt it’s good enough for you.

16. La Jolla Shores, California



La Jolla Shores, just north of downtown San Diego, is a great place to learn how to surf without worrying about what will happen when you inevitably take off too early, or too late, and end up with a face full of whitewater. The waves here never get much bigger than two or three feet during the summer, there’s a sandy bottom here so you will not have to fret about breaking your neck, plus there are tons of good looking people getting their tan on to keep your mind on other things while you try and conquer the waves.

15. Swamis, California

Swamis is famous for its perennially hollow right-handed breaks, and especially during the winter storm season can hold up to triple overhead height better than just about any other wave in Southern California. The currents are not too bad and the wave breaks within a reasonable distance from shore, which means that the paddle out will not tire you out too much like at other beaches. Swamis is definitely a great place to go if you want to take your surfing skills to the next level.

14. Wilderness, Puerto Rico


You might not think of Puerto Rico as a major surf destination, but it’s one of the top places in the Caribbean to catch a wave—in fact, probably one of the best spots in the USA to surf. Wilderness is one of those wild places where you’ve got to be quick on your feet and smart on your board. The reef here is punishing to those who fall in, but your reward for charging a wave here and staying upright is a beautiful, beautiful ride.

13. Laguna Beach, California

Perhaps made more famous by the MTV show of the same name, Laguna Beach is a quality wave in one of the most beautiful—and ritzy—surfing spots in America. Waves here are especially solid during the winter months, when a big swell easily stacks waves over 6 feet+, and the reef at Laguna Beach is a great place to surf some beautiful left handers when the timing is right. The only thing to remember is you might want to bring your own lunch, because nothing in Laguna Beach is cheap, especially not by the beach!

12. Cape Cod, Massachusetts



Cape Cod is most notable as being a place where the rich and famous go to enjoy a week or two of relaxing sand and sun in their Walmart-sized mansions, but do not be fooled: there are some gnarly waves to be had here. One of the best beaches to get absolutely pitted on the East Coast can be found at Marconi Station—famous in its own right for being the site of the first trans-Atlantic cable message—and if the swells are right and you’ve got the guts, there are some beautiful hollow waves here to catch.

11. Hanalei Bay, Hawaii

Hanalei Bay offers an embarrassing assortment of riches to those who surf. Arguably the best area for surfing on the island of Kauai, Hanalei Bay has something for everyone, no matter what your skillset. Breaks with names such as Impossible and The Bowl are for speedy, agile surfers, while Pinetrees break has some of the most consistent walls to surf on the island. If you’re up for it, you can even do a tow-in at nearby Kings and Queens.

10. Banyans, Hawaii


Banyans is probably the most popular beach for surfing on the Big Island, and that is not an accident. It features beautifully hollow rights during the winter season and shorter, aggressive lefts during the summer. The only catch, of course, is that like many local favorites, catching a wave here if you’re not from the ‘hood will probably prove to be impossible. But you can still try!

9. Newport Beach (The Wedge), California

Not too far from high-end Laguna Beach is equally prestigious Newport Beach, which is famous for the steep and aggressive Wedge. Positioned against a jetty, the Wedge is maybe one of the best artificially-created waves that has ever been built by man. It’s steep, rolling waves have been known to break boards (and occasionally necks) and you really have to know what you’re doing out there. But for anyone with some decent sized huevos and the skills to back them up, The Wedge is one of the top spots for surfing in not only California, but the entire country.

8. San Onofre, California

Surfing at San Onofre.

San Onofre is unique for a Southern California beach because unlike anywhere else between the stretch of coast from the Mexican border up until Malibu, there is basically no one here. This is no doubt because of the nuclear power plant which was online for the better part of three decades in north San Diego County. No one wanted to be too close in case the plant here—which was crudely nicknamed after a certain pair of appendages unique to the female anatomy—had a meltdown. Fortunately, those days are over and now the plant is online. Not that a little bit of radiation ever scared away the surfers here; San Onofre has been surfed for many decades, allegedly in part because the normally frigid Pacific Ocean was never quite as cold within the vicinity of the power plant. I wonder why?

7. Haleiwa, Hawaii

This break on Oahu’s North Shore is great because it offers something for both hard-charging veterans and beginners who have less experience. The offshore break has seen some of Hawaii’s best tackle the lightning-fast waves and brave the punishingly aggressive riptide. Closer to shore, the waves that reform are much gentler and great for beginners to practice on.

6. Trestles, California



Near San Clemente, Trestles Beach is one of the best surfing beaches on the West Coast and has hosted multiple pro surfing tour events. The waves here are consistently shaped, with just the right combination of swells, wind, and current keeping things the right height and form to do some pretty crazy things on them with a surfboard. Along with the friendly locals and gorgeous mountain backdrop, Trestles is a great place to come surfing and live the California dream.

5. Waimea Bay, Hawaii

THE big wave spot on Oahu’s mythical North Shore, the only reason you should ever come out here is if you’re willing to go into the belly of the beast in search of 20 ft+ giants that will punish you if you make even the smallest mistake. The currents are super strong, the shallow reef below will tear you to shreds should you fall in, and even the shorebreak is not to be messed with. But Waimea is high on this list for a reason: for those who know what they’re doing, rarely will there ever be a wave more thrilling to ride. There is a reason that the Eddie, one of surfing’s most fabled tournaments, only happens at Waimea.

4. Jaws, Hawaii


The most intense, mind-blowing, and sheer breathtaking waves ever surfed anywhere in the USA, ever, have been surfed here. Jaws is the undisputed biggest wave you can surf in Hawaii, and also the most famous break that Maui has to offer. It is probably not a good idea to surf here unless you have years of experience surfing or are otherwise compelled to kill yourself in the most spectacular fashion possible: if you wipe out on Jaws, you can expect to have a wall of water literally the size of two houses crush you to the bottom, pummel you for hundreds of feet and toss what’s left of you onto the slippery rocks on Peahi beach. Sounds good?

3. Maverick’s, California

It doesn’t get any bigger, badder, and more intense than Maverick’s, the legendary break at Half Moon Bay near San Francisco. The combination of frigid Pacific currents, deadly rip tide, occasional shark siting, and jagged rocks should you get thrown off your board make for a menacing wave that only the best and bravest have ever conquered. Maverick’s has claimed a fair share of lives before—it’s the kind of wave that should be respected, but if you have what it takes it makes for the ride of your life.

2. Huntington Beach, California


There can only be one Surf City, USA, and it happens to be Huntington Beach, in Orange County, California. The combination of beach boardwalk, tanned fit bodies galore, a long pier, and plenty of great bars and other nightlife in the vicinity make it a great place to visit. And, oh yeah, the waves are pretty good here, too. The US Open of Surfing usually happens in Huntington Beach during the last week of July and runs into August, attracting many of the world’s best surfers and putting on a show for all who attend.

1. Pipeline, Hawaii

Arguably the most famous and coveted of all Hawaiian beaches, Pipeline has seen the world’s best surfers—not to mention the people who invented the sport—surfing its legendarily hollow waves for centuries. For its beautiful barrels, its gorgeous turquoise water, and equally treacherous reef lurking just under the surface—there can be no pleasure without pain—Pipeline is the best spot for surfing in the USA.

View NYC’s Crime Stats Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

Curious about how good (or bad) crime has gotten in the Big Apple? We took years of major crime statistics from the NYPD, and created a time lapse, by precinct. Click the Green Play button to start the time lapse.


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The NYPD has been using CompStat for many years to manage resources and crime. Those statistics are made publicly available . We chose to focus on the 7 major felony crimes in this map, as opposed to more nuisance and quality of life issues.

Note that how the data is created over the years has changed slightly. Certain precincts were created, others removed. Corrections data is no longer included, although it used to be.


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