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We're Not Crazy Enough: L.A. Ranks 28 Out of 57 in 'America's Craziest Cities' Study

Getting 'crazy' at the Doo Dah Parade in Pasadena | Photo by Joits via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr
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Is Cincinnati truly the craziest U.S. city, as told by the Daily Beast's latest ranking of major metropolitan cities. We understand San Francisco earning the number two spot, but Providence at number three?

Ranking was based on four criteria--psychiatrists per capita, stress, eccentricity, and drinking--leaving Los Angeles half way there to be fully crazy. As for eccentricity, we did pretty well, ranking 5 out of 57 cities. The Daily Beast gave the Bunny Museum in Pasadena as one good example (we're partial to the Museum of Jurassic Technology, what's your favorite eccentric place?).

On the other side of things, apparently, we're a bad drinking city, which is either a positive or negative, depending on how you look at it. The ratings were based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in 2008. Heavy drinking was defined as two or more drinks a day for men and one drink or more a day for women. Los Angeles ranked 53 our of 57 cities in regards to this. So what does this mean? Do we work hard and play hard every once in awhile, are we cheap or are we just not a drinking city?

We ranked 28 and 22 out of 57 for psychiatrists per capita and stress, respectively.