The Friendliest US City Is...
Charleston, SC, wins again
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2014 5:15 PM CDT
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(Newser) Condé Nast Traveler's annual list of America's friendliest cities is out again, and once again Charleston, South Carolina, leads the pack—one of eight Southern cities in the top 10, Opposing Views reports. The Traveler's list, determined by a reader's survey, starts off all South and Southwest, with a little Rocky Mountain detour:

  1. Charleston, South Carolina
  2. Savannah, Georgia
  3. San Antonio, Texas
  4. Telluride, Colorado
  5. New Orleans, Louisiana

Click for the full list, or take a gander at the Traveler's least-friendly US cities:

  1. Newark, New Jersey
  2. Oakland, California
  3. Hartford, Connecticut
  4. Atlantic City, New Jersey
  5. New Haven, Connecticut
Again, see the full list here, or check out America's greenest city—or the world's "least friendly" city.

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Russell's Teapot
Aug 9, 2014 9:43 PM CDT
The top two places SC and GA are only friendly if you are white! They still fly the Confederate flags over there!
iq145
Aug 9, 2014 7:14 PM CDT
Newark, New Jersey (The crime capitol of the world). No shocker there...
RufusT.Firefly
Aug 9, 2014 4:22 PM CDT
I was born and raised in the Deep South. I left 22 years ago and have never had an urge to return and live anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon or East of Colorado. My family lineage in the South goes all the way back to the War of Independence but not enough to make me want to settle there. Still visit family regularly but if it weren't for them, I doubt I'd be visiting much. "Friendly" is a very elusive, superficial term. People are only friendly if you give them something (like money) but express a different opinion and you are cut off. My experience growing up in the South, both rural, suburban and urban is that folks will be nice to your face but stab you in the back. It's like a overwhelming preference for everything sweet, like iced tea: they're only masking the bitterness.