Skip to main content

Friendliest/unfriendliest U.S. cities, according to Conde Nast Traveler

By Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN
August 7, 2014 -- Updated 1119 GMT (1919 HKT)
"The people have been through a lot, but their enthusiastic pride for their city shines," says one reader about New Orleans. <!-- -->
</br>The city is the fifth friendliest U.S. city according to Conde Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Survey. "The people have been through a lot, but their enthusiastic pride for their city shines," says one reader about New Orleans.
The city is the fifth friendliest U.S. city according to Conde Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Survey.
HIDE CAPTION
Friendly cities: 5. New Orleans
Friendly cities: 4. Telluride, Colorado
Friendly cities: 3. San Antonio
Friendly cities: 2. Savannah, Georgia
Friendly cities: 1. Charleston, South Carolina
Unfriendly cities: 5. New Haven, Connecticut
Unfriendly cities: 4. Atlantic City, New Jersey
Unfriendly cities: 3. Hartford, Connecticut
Unfriendly cities: 2. Oakland, California
Unfriendly cities: 1. Newark, New Jersey
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Survey unveils friendliest and unfriendliest cities in U.S.
  • Newark tops chart as unfriendliest city
  • Southern cities dominate friendliest cities list

(CNN) -- If you meet someone from Newark in the next few days, treat them gently.

Having been voted the least friendly city in the world last year (beating Islamabad, Kuwait City and even Detroit), the New Jersey hub has this year been named the least friendly in the United States.

The most unfriendly city in the world

Logical, it would seem, but it must smart all the same.

Conde Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Survey unveiled the friendliest and unfriendliest cities in the country, based on reviews from the magazine's readers.

Southern cities dominated the list of the friendliest cities with Charleston, South Carolina, topping the chart.

Named the friendliest city in the world in last year's poll, Charleston is a "quaint and special little gem" according to the report, winning travelers' hearts with its hospitality, great food, local culture, history and natural beauty.

Savannah, Georgia, came second thanks to the "animated guides in seersucker suits" and San Antonio rounded up the top three.

The unfriendly list was dominated by medium-sized cities.

Oakland, California, was voted second unfriendliest, and was described as "rough around the edges."

Ranked third, Hartford, Connecticut, has "been trying to lift itself out of a slump since the 1980s."

Detroit dropped from no. 4 to no. 6 in the unfriendly list.

Called the "armpit of the world" by one reader last year, the report said comments this year were less brutal.

MORE: Which are the world's friendliest and unfriendliest cities?

Friendliest cities in the United States

10. Asheville, North Carolina

= 8. Nashville

= 8. Key West, Florida

7. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

6. Fort Worth, Texas

5. New Orleans

4. Telluride, Colorado

3. San Antonio

2. Savannah, Georgia

1. Charleston, South Carolina

READ: 20 of the world's most beautiful World Heritage Sites

Unfriendliest cities in the United States

10. Miami

9. Wilmington, Delaware

8. The Hamptons, New York

7. Los Angeles

6. Detroit

5. New Haven, Connecticut

4. Atlantic City, New Jersey

3. Hartford, Connecticut

2. Oakland, California

1. Newark, New Jersey

MORE: Travel + Leisure survey names world's best cities

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
September 26, 2014 -- Updated 1317 GMT (2117 HKT)
The Y-40 Deep Joy, the world's deepest swimming pool at the Hotel Millepini Terme in Montegrotto Terme, Italy.
An Italian spa complex adds new depths to the hotel swimming pool concept with a 42-meter plunge chamber.
September 25, 2014 -- Updated 0036 GMT (0836 HKT)
Whether spiraling up mountains or sky-scraping attractions, these stairs give new meaning to the phrase "watch your step".
September 22, 2014 -- Updated 1429 GMT (2229 HKT)
Even during the harshest periods of the communist era, being Shanghainese had a special cachet in China.
September 24, 2014 -- Updated 1252 GMT (2052 HKT)
Up the Inside Passage on a heritage tugboat, sport fishermen chase British Columbia's monster salmon.
September 24, 2014 -- Updated 0741 GMT (1541 HKT)
New York to London in three hours? The European aviation giant is joining the race to make it happen.
September 23, 2014 -- Updated 1007 GMT (1807 HKT)
Which cities provide the most memorable party times? A self-proclaimed "nightlife connoisseur" names his top 10.
September 22, 2014 -- Updated 0344 GMT (1144 HKT)
Whether you're looking for a post-meeting pint or a wild night out, creativity is on the menu at these hot Hong Kong venues.
September 23, 2014 -- Updated 1028 GMT (1828 HKT)
An image showing the Istanbul district of Beyoglu where gentrification is changing the face of the neighborhood and leading the closure of many old shops and establishments.
Artists and migrants are moving out as a once-crumbling neighborhood goes upscale.
September 20, 2014 -- Updated 0502 GMT (1302 HKT)
They irrigate our farms, are an important means of transport and a source of eco-friendly power.
ADVERTISEMENT