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Newark, New Jersey named 'unfriendliest city'

When on vacation, do you ever pay attention to whether the locals are nice? Do you feel welcome when visiting certain places? Well, a travel magazine polled its readers and came up with a list of the friendliest and least friendly cities in America.

Let's start with the bad news. After checking with readers, Conde Nast Traveler once again determined Newark, New Jersey, is the least friendly city. It noted tourists considered it to be an "airport city" that's "crowded and overpriced."

Another major city that made the list is Miami, Florida. Is this really a surprise to anyone, though? After all, back in 2012, Travel + Leisure ranked Miami the second rudest city in the country.

Other cities where travelers didn't feel welcome by the locals included Hartford, Connecticut; Detroit; and Atlantic City, New Jersey.


10. Miami, Florida
9. Wilmington, Delaware
8. The Hamptons, New York
7. Los Angeles, California
6. Detroit, Michigan
5. New Haven, Connecticut
4. Atlantic City, New Jersey
3. Hartford, Connecticut
2. Oakland, California
1. Newark, New Jersey

Now onto the friendliest cities, where that famous hospitality the South is known for reins supreme.


10. Asheville, North Carolina
8. (Tie) Nashville, Tennessee and Key West, Florida
7. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
6. Fort Worth, Texas
5. New Orleans, Louisiana
4. Telluride, Colorado
3. San Antonio, Texas
2. Savannah, Georgia
1. Charleston, South Carolina

In fact, only two of the top 10 cities fall outside the South: Telluride, Colorado, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Wyoming Business Report credited its state's spot on the list to the fact that about 2.5 million tourists pass through the city to visit Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks each year.

An AutoVantage survey from earlier this year found Houston drivers to be the rudest in the country, yet it did not make it to either list.

And landing in the top spot as friendliest city for the second year in a row is Charleston, South Carolina. Tourists praised the city's natural beauty and food scene, as well as finding the locals pretty darn nice.

Conde Nast Traveler came up with these results after analyzing compliments and complaints from 1.3 million readers. But we think you should probably go visit these places yourself before coming to any grand conclusions. After all, maybe some of the locals were just having a bad day. If you want to check out the other cities that made the lists, head on over to Conde Nast Traveler's website.

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jfusco316 August 06 2014 at 2:43 PM

Notice all the bad ones are Democratic cities and most of the good ones are Republican.

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notapclib August 06 2014 at 3:02 PM

After 40+ years of traveling to all 50 states and all but one Province of Canada, the unfriendliest cities I've encountered are typically those which are in the northeast or the ones which have an extremely elitist viewpoint of their own significance (Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, LA) and if they have a long history of electing democrats they are even meaner!

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bethie notapclib August 06 2014 at 4:00 PM

I think you are correct. Even the people who move to my little paradise from the East Coast or the West Coast are pretty hard to deal with as residents. They start complaining almost as soon as they move here. Southerners are much easier to get along with.

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tptvox notapclib August 06 2014 at 7:28 PM

I've travelled all over 50 states and 20 countries and Seattle was one of the nicest cities I know. So, I think this survey is a farce.

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mark and sheri tptvox August 07 2014 at 12:40 AM

I live in the area. The Leftist spend their days trying to force their morals, ideas on you, love re-distribution of wealth, higher taxes for failed highway, bike lane projects, the Big Bertha tunnel bore that is broken down, you name it. If you are successful, you MUST give your money to them. Real nice.

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letrptjohn tptvox August 07 2014 at 2:05 AM

I agree with you completely. People generally find what they are looking for. The survey is pointless. How does anyone define, "Los Angeles"? Hollywood? El Sereno? Pasadena? Malibu? Santa Monica? Gardena? Compton? Downey?

It's all L.A. but completely different places.

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jgunderson7 August 06 2014 at 2:20 PM

Is it just a coincidence that 7 of the 10 unfriendliest cities are NORTHERN cities and 7 of the 10 friendliest cities are SOUTHERN cities. It is very unlikely that it is coincidental. C'mon, y'all, come see us now, hear? John In N. Carolina

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buckolieo68 August 06 2014 at 2:35 PM

Well I was born in Georgia raised in North Carolina.. I didn't need a "Study" to tell me where the unfriendly cities are. I knew New York was in top 10.. And also knew that "Friendliest" would be in the South..Because here in the South we treat people how we like to be treated... Like holding the door for people and say thank you when someone holds the door for us. We say excuse me when we need to pass between people in a store. If someone drops something we pick it up and hand it back to them.. And there is a lot things the people of the South do to be nice and polite "With even thinking about it" Oh and for the most part WE USE OUR TURN SIGNAL.. And if people don't do the things listed They Aint From Around Here

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dtate38 August 06 2014 at 4:06 PM

It appears from this article that most of the UNFRIENDLIEST CITIES ARE IN LONG TIME DEMOCRATIC STRONGHOLDS, while most of the FRIENDLIEST CITIES ARE IN LONG TIME REPUBLICAN STRONGHOLDS. I wonder why all of the DEMOCRATS ARE SO UNHAPPY with all of those entitlements rolling in?

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its.howdy.doody.time August 06 2014 at 6:18 PM

1/2 of which are 'unfriendly'
because someone is always trying you shoot your ass-off.
Detroit is a prime example of that!

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depends.on.the.meaning.of.is its.howdy.doody.time August 06 2014 at 6:26 PM

And the same half run by Democrats.

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j1935waspm August 06 2014 at 2:48 PM

Actually, ANY city in New Jersey. That's where they invented rude.

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Captain Jack August 06 2014 at 2:19 PM

No wonder too many shooting and to many Democrats

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niceguy71653 August 06 2014 at 3:11 PM

This is list bogus. NYC should be the number 1 unfriendliest city and it's not even in the top 10.

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timber1647 August 06 2014 at 2:11 PM

If I lived in Newark I'd be unfriendly as well. High taxes, grimy air, congestion, etc., etc.

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Gary H Mayer timber1647 August 06 2014 at 2:17 PM

timber1467: But, you don't live in Newark, so why even comment?

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MaryJMartin Gary H Mayer August 06 2014 at 2:44 PM

Gary H Mayer: Where do you live? Just asking a friendly question. Don't be rude, answer, come on back......

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tiger Gary H Mayer August 06 2014 at 4:52 PM

Gary I thought this was a free country but maybe not with the leaderless dems running things. Will not be surprised if they find a way to take our free speech away as well. Hail Hilter.

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jwemrw timber1647 August 06 2014 at 11:10 PM

Yeah, and the highest per capita income and educational level in the county. Poor, ignorant, southern trailer trash would not be treated with anything but pity.

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mociambz jwemrw August 06 2014 at 11:53 PM

highest taxes live in boxes with no trees and you call that friendly

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Deb jwemrw August 07 2014 at 1:39 AM

All that money and education and no manners, no wonder you are so unhappy.

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