World's Rudest Cities Named by Foursquare
Foursquare, a location-based social networking website, has crunched numbers in its database to compile a list of the 20 rudest cities in the world. According to the Foursquare Engineering Blog, the list was composed by calculating which users cursed while writing up check-in tips, which are meant to log advice for other people using the service.
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Easily-offended travelers might want to plug their ears when visiting Manchester, England, the city which topped the list. Over 0.016% of users from Manchester included dirty words in their check-in tips.
"Though the number one spot might not be great news for Manchester, there are no shortage of Mancs who live up to the foul-mouthed standard," writes the Manchester Evening News. The news outlet did not seem surprised by the results.
The runner-up for rudest city in the world ended up being El Paso, Texas. In fact, with 18 cities in the top 20, the United States claims the overwhelming majority of the world's rudest cities.
Other rude cities rounding out the top five included Pittsburgh, Pa.; Bloomington, Ind.; and Riverside, Calif.
"Very young market, college market, I just chalk it up to that," Mike McAffee, director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Bloomington, tells a local FOX news station.
California was highly represented in the list of rude cities. Besides Riverside, six other cities in the Golden State made the list: Venice, Orange, San Jose, Culver City, Fullerton and Los Angeles.
Three cities in Florida ranked high on the list of potty-mouthed cities – Boca Raton, Miami and Jacksonville – while Scottsdale and Tempe, Arizona both fell within the top ten.
Other cities around the United States dubbed rude include Portland, Ore.; State Island, N.Y.; and Boston, Mass.
Along with Manchester, there was only one other city outside of the U.S. that made it onto Foursquare's list of rudest cities: Melbourne, Australia.
"Although please keep in mind that this only evaluates the rudeness of English-speaking countries," writes Foursquare Engineer Matthew Rathbone.
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