Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities in the U.S.

What would we do without lists from Condé Nast Traveler? The world would be a far more boring place. Here’s the latest: Friendliest and Unfriendliest U.S. Cities. Think of Santa’s naughty or nice list.

Friendliest Cities

The most surprising thing about the nice cities are the ones that didn’t make the cut. When it comes to good cheer, it’s hard to beat Boise or Billings, and where is Anaheim? They’ve got a little amusement park there that’s long advertised itself as the “happiest place on earth” so it’s safe to assume they’d be friendly, too, right?

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2014 Friendliest Cities

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


Unfriendliest Cities

Some will take a look at the naughty list and say, where is New York? Not here. Maybe that’s because – while New Yorkers can be gruff – go ahead and ask one for directions if you’re lost and see how helpful they can be. But what about the burgs that did make the list; do those two Connecticut towns really deserve such frosty reputations? And what the heck’s wrong with LA? You tell us.

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2014 Unfriendliest Cities

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




Published: August 7, 2014