SOURCE: Tagged

October 04, 2011 09:00 ET

Beyond the Beltway Banter: Washington, D.C., Named Most Opinionated City in the US

Atlanta Earns Top Rankings as the Most Talkative and Most Social City in the Country, Says New Social Networking Survey

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 4, 2011) - Upon its latest review of the social networking habits of hundreds of thousands of Americans, Tagged, the social network for meeting new people, has identified Washington, D.C., as the most opinionated large market in America. Atlanta has been recognized as the most talkative and most social city in the nation's top 25 Designated Market Areas (DMAs).

According to an analysis of the social networking tendencies of over 300,000 Americans during the summer of 2011, politico-center Washington, D.C., is the most opinionated city with 34 percent more online comments made per person compared to the average large market -- and these comments don't necessarily have much to do with politics. Following Washington, D.C., the top-five most opinionated cites are: Tampa, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and San Diego. Straight and to the point, Chicago is the least opinionated large market, with 41 percent fewer user comments than the average.

In related findings, Atlanta leads the U.S. as the most talkative city, with residents sending 14 percent more online messages than average. Quiet and reserved, Portland, Ore., is the least talkative with residents sending 18 percent fewer messages than average and ranking 38 percent less talkative than Atlanta. Behind Atlanta and completing the list of the top-five most talkative cities are: Houston, Washington, D.C., St. Louis and Chicago.

When Tagged looked into the largest, most social cities in the union, it was no surprise that the most talkative market was also the most social, with Atlanta residents sending 17 percent more friend requests than average. Again, Portland, Ore., was more reserved sending 50 percent fewer friend requests than average and 82 percent less than Atlanta residents. Rounding out the top-five most social cities behind Atlanta are New York, Washington, D.C., Miami and Baltimore.

The Top 5 Most Opinionated Cities*: The Top 5 Most Talkative Cities*:
1. Washington, D.C. 1. Atlanta
2. Tampa 2. Houston
3. Pittsburgh 3. Washington, D.C.
4. Phoenix 4. St. Louis
5. San Diego 5. Chicago
The Top 5 Most Social Cities*:
1. Atlanta
2. New York
3. Washington, D.C.
4. Miami
5. Baltimore

*Most opinionated, most talkative and most social data was measured by Tagged across over 300,000 Americans in the top 25 DMAs. Specifically, Tagged reviewed the number of online comments ("opinionated"), number of messages sent ("talkative") and number of friend requests sent ("social") during the summer of 2011 (June 1 - August 31, 2011). Tagged garnered additional background from publicly available comments on member profiles.

Tagged researchers offered additional insight into the most opinionated, most talkative and most social large markets in the U.S.:

  • Washington, D.C., is more than just politics: While it might have been expected that the majority of comments and opinions shared were related to politics, Tagged found that comments generally skipped politics and instead focused on social discussions and friend/relationship chats.
  • Washington, D.C., is full of diversity: With tens of thousands of people coming to the nation's capital for work and pleasure, it's no wonder that those in the city like to share their ideas and speak their minds.
  • There's much to talk about in Atlanta: With its large number of cultural attractions, energetic clubs and nightlife atmosphere, Atlanta residents are always looking to talk and share.
  • Say "Hi" and chat with your new neighbor, Atlanta: With a population expanding to nearly six million, Atlanta has added approximately 1.6 million new residents in the past decade. With so many new and old residents mixing together, it's no wonder many are looking to expand their social circles and meet new people online.
  • "Come back again soon!": Atlanta boasts a large tourist population and was the seventh-most visited city in the U.S. in 2010. Many residents forge new friendships with visitors and want to remain social, even after the trip ends.

"As we continue to explore and understand the social networking tendencies of people around the world, it's always enlightening to see how real-world communities communicate and interact online," said Steve Sarner, Vice President of Marketing for Tagged. "Washington, D.C., remains a capital of deep-felt opinions and beliefs, whether related to politics or otherwise. Atlanta on the other hand, continues to be a hotbed of online chat and social activity, thanks to recent growth and continued cultural diversity."

About Tagged
Tagged is the social network for meeting new people. While other offerings focus on existing relationships, Tagged has established the category of social discovery. With over 100 million members in 220 countries, Tagged enables anyone to meet and socialize with new people through social games, customized profiles, virtual gifts, advanced browsing features and more. Tagged is based in San Francisco. More information is available at http://about-tagged.com/.

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