"Friendly" and "Unfriendly" are tough words to define. Conde Nast Traveler recently released its annual Reader's Choice Survey in which they asked their readers to rate cities' friendliness based on a number of factors.
Everything from location (no one likes an airport city) and political perception (everyone watches the news) to size and basic language barriers can make a destination unattractive to tourists and be a factor in their evaluation of a place's "friendliness." Take a look at which cities were voted the unfriendliest and the friendliest the world.
8. Detroit, Mich.
Readers' rating: 29.9
7. New Haven, Conn.
Reader rating: 29.6
6. Lome, Togo Readers' rating: 29.4
5. Kuwait City, Kuwait Readers' rating: 25.4
4. Luanda, Angola
Readers' rating: 25.0
3. Oakland, Calif. Readers' rating: 23.1
2. Islamabad, Pakistan Readers' rating: 17.9
1. Newark, N.J.
Reader rating: 13.4
Newark is best known for being the site of an airport near New York, and for many of our readers, that’s the only reason to stop there. While many people commented on the great Portuguese food in the city's Ironbound District, others had negative experiences with the local crowd. One reader says she "ran into a lot of rude people there."
5. Charleston, S.C.
Readers' rating: 91.5
4. Queenstown, New Zealand Readers' rating: 91.8
3. Thimpu, Bhutan Readers' rating: 93.7
2. Hobart, Tasmania Readers' rating: 95.4
1. Florianopolis, Brazil Readers' rating: 95.8
Nicknamed the "Island of Magic," southern Brazil’s Florianópolis offers both "gorgeous" views and "nice people," and was voted the friendliest city in the world.
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