The Unfriendliest City in the World is...
...Newark, according to 'Conde Nast Traveler' readers
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2013 5:47 PM CDT
A plane prepares to land at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

(Newser) – 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.

  • 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.
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boxcar
Sep 13, 2013 8:15 PM CDT
When we walked to school at a Baptist Missionary in ILOILO, Phillipine Islands, we always carried our books angled over side of our heads because if you didn't you'd get clobbered by the stones the unfriendly Flips'd throw at you. Get hit once in side of the head by a stone thrown from a few feet away, and you learn quick. What was it all about? Filipino kids never saw a white boy before, so in true Muslim fashion, they STONED U
Devo74
Aug 30, 2013 12:10 PM CDT
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, Amazing all republican cities,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, The rest were all miserable Liberal Demigod's............
Gart
Aug 12, 2013 10:14 AM CDT
I don't understand how Philly isn't number 1... We throw snowballs at Santa Claus after booing him at sporting events. We've thrown batteries onto baseball fields at opposing players. This is an outrage... We're number 1!!!!!