Travel mag Conde Nast Traveler asked its readers to name (and shame) the friendliest and unfriendliest cities in the US and across the world. The "unfriendliest" winner was deemed to be Newark, NJ, with one reader saying he would not recommend as anything but "a cheaper/less busy airport to fly into while visiting other cities." Other winners and losers:
- The next four unfriendliest cities in the US? Oakland, New Haven, Detroit, and Atlantic City, which one voter calls a "pale shadow of Las Vegas."
- Globally, Islamabad, Pakistan; Luanda, Angola; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Lome, Togo; and Tangier, Morocco, were voted the top unfriendliest non-US cities.
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- On a more positive note, Charleston, SC, was named the friendliest US city, with locals described as "insanely nice." The Top 5 was rounded out by Galena, Ill.; Savannah, Ga.; Asheville, NC; and Austin, Texas.
- The friendliest city in the world title was won by Florianopolis, Brazil, known as the "Island of Magic." It was followed by Hobart, Australia; Thimpu, Bhutan; Queenstown, New Zealand; and Paro, Bhutan, the latter country's focus on maintaining "gross national happiness" apparently accounting for its two top spots on the friendly list.