Newark, N.J., Named Least Friendly City In The USA

Conde Nast Traveler just released its list of the friendliest and least friendly cities in the country. The rankings are based on input from readers.

Newark, N.J., Named Least Friendly City In The USA
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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 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. (Via Hari_Menon / CC BY NC SA 2.0Bob Jagendorf / CC BY 2.0, SurFeRGiRL30 / CC BY 2.0)

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

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. 

Both San Antonio and Fort Worth, Texas, also made the list. But some KRIV anchors had another Lone Star State option for the magazine. 

"I'm going to go ahead and cast my vote for Houston."

​"I was just about to say that as well."

​"Except when you get cut off on the roadways."

"Shh! Don't say that to them!" 

They might be referring to the AutoVantage survey from earlier this year, which found Houston drivers to be the rudest in the country.

And landing in the top spot 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. (Via overWHAMed / CC BY NC 2.0)

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.