Ah, Philly. Known for its sports teams, ridiculous cheesesteaks, incredible hospitals, and ample universities. And I guess The Liberty Bell, but it has a crack in it, so that's old news.
Have you ever wondered, of all of these places and teams and institutions, which companies are associated with the most attractive people? In all honesty, I hadn't either…until I was shown the list below, created by the dating app Hinge.
According to the data, the City of Brotherly Love seems to have endless affection for guys who work with large amounts of cheddar (not sure if it's from Geno's or Pat's)—half the companies on the men's list are major financial institutions. Philly ladies are widely admired for their marketing skills and contributions to health care, but it was their home-team loyalties that really got notice. Female employees of the Philadelphia 76ers took a top three spot, knocking out some pretty big-name companies.
For some background information, the list is based on "match rates" from users at local companies. So, for example, if you're shown the picture of a woman who works for the 76ers, the ranking is based on how many people "swiped right." I can't say, however, that I'd quit my job tomorrow to work for one of the "attractive" companies. Nor would I linger outside the office of Deloitte or Lily Pulitzer every day.
As a former economist, I also can't say whether we can weed out all (or any) of the other variables at play here, such as whether these companies have, on average, younger work forces than others. Young (and perhaps more attractive, though that's not always the case, of course) people generally flock more readily to the dating apps. So, while extremely interesting, please take the data with a grain of salt and a smile.
In the end, it's still all about putting your best foot forward online, whether on a dating site, LinkedIn, or your company's website.
Erika Ettin is the founder of A Little Nudge and author of acclaimed Love at First Site. Her work has been seen on NPR, Talk Philly, The Washington Post, and more. To join her mailing list for tips and events, please join here.