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The U.S. cities that swear the most will most definitely surprise you. Boston is on the list, but not the list that you may think. The website www.preply.com did a study of every city across the country to determine who swears the most and who swears the least. Columbus, Ohio tops the list with an average of 36 swear words per day. The national average is 21.

A few more stats on America’s swearing habits:
1. The place you’re most likely to use some choice words is at home. 55% of us do most of our swearing at home. Another 24% said while we’re with friends, 7% swear the most while driving and 7% said at work.
2. Work is the top place we WANT to swear but hold back. In front of strangers and in front of our KIDS also ranked high.
3. The #1 person we swear at is ourselves. 54% said they swear at themselves more than anyone else. Swearing at your friends is next with 24%.
4. The average age Americans start using swear words is 11.
5. “Taboo” situations Americans are most likely to swear in include work (69%), in front of strangers (67%), and at the dinner table (63%).
6. Over half of Americans use swear word substitutions — favorites include “fudge,” “shoot” and “frick.”

Now, we are going to count down the top 5 cities that swear the MOST and the top 5 cities that swear the LEAST. Boston does appear on one of these lists. Which one, will most definitely surprise you. Make sure you scale each list thoroughly because you will not believe what you’re reading. Same thing goes for New York City. A definite mind blowing study. A study that preply should probably conduct again. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at the top 5 cities who swear the most and the top 5 cities who swear the least. Maybe it will inspire you to curse less today. You’re welcome.

  • Swear the LEAST #5 Detroit, Seattle, Houston, Memphis all tied

    These cities swear an average of 18 times per day.

  • Swear the LEAST #4 Chicago, El Paso, New York City

    People in these cities swear an average of 17 times per day.

  • Swear the LEAST #3 San Jose, CA

    People in San Jose swear an average of 16 times per day.

  • Swear the LEAST #2 Milwaukee and BOSTON

    Yup, you read that right. BOSTON is actually #2 on the list of the least amount of swear words a day with 15. Do we believe this? Not really

  • Swear the LEAST #1 Portland, OR and Phoenix

    These cities have the most curse free people. They only swear 14 times per day.

  • Swear the MOST #5 Louisville, Fort Worth, San Francisco tied

    These swearers curse 24 times per day.

  • Swear the MOST #4 Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City, Dallas tied

    The people in these cities swear an average of 25 times per day.

  • Swear the MOST #3 Jacksonville, FL

    These people swear 28 times per day.

  • Swear the MOST #2 Las Vegas, NV

    People from Vegas swear 30 times per day.

  • Swear the MOST #1 Columbus, OH

    The people in Columbus swear 36 times per day.