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starkvingrad
Mississippi St. Fan
Florida
Member since Apr 2021
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USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
What are your picks?

Nicest: In my experience, Huntsville, Alabama and the area surrounding it has the most pleasant folks. It's hard to pick, though. Had a lot of good experiences around the country. Americans are pretty friendly outside of large cities.

In my opinion, Jersey is home to our country's most unpleasant people. They blot out the nice folks they might have.

"Sneaky" rude: I gotta go with Nashville. That place does not at all feel "Tennessee friendly" anymore. Totally different place than the smaller town I visited back in the 80s.

"Sneaky" nice: Pittsburgh. Yes, really. Western Pennsylvania is a lot different than Eastern.


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Texas Southern Fan
RIP Wayde
Member since Jan 2007
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re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
Any big city has tons of dickheads especially as it pertains to traffic and public transport

Most airport employees in these cities also suck


geauxpurple
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Jul 2014
6524 posts

re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
I would rank the people of New Orleans as the nicest to tourists as long as they don't have an encounter with a robber or mugger.

I can especially tell this by the way opposing fans are treated at the Superdome in contrast to how badly Saints fans can be treated in other cities.


cgrand
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
HAMMOND
Member since Oct 2009
27368 posts

re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
my daughter lives in Boston and I’ve visited there dozens of times.
I love to spend time there but it is up at the top of places with the most unpleasant native genpop


Globetrotter747
Member since Sep 2017
2077 posts

re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
Gotta throw in something for Nebraska.

Last summer I was in Nebraska (just passing through on my way to/from more interesting places) and pulled over to the side of the road to fly my drone low over a huge corn field toward a distant barn. As soon as I stepped out of the car I was replying to a text on my phone and someone stopped and asked if I had car trouble and needed help. I thought that was considerate.


GentleJackJones
Notre Dame Fan
Dutchtown
Member since Mar 2019
1473 posts

re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
Nice: Charlotte, Omaha
Rudest: Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York

ETA: D.C. frick D.C.
This post was edited on 5/14 at 4:09 pm


The Spleen
Alabama Fan
Member since Dec 2010
34635 posts

re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
Nicest - I'll list 3 places. Madison, WI. Denver. Pittsburgh.


Rudest - Philly, without question. Dallas not far behind.


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AbitaFan08
LSU Fan
Boston, MA
Member since Apr 2008
22082 posts

re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
I have to be honest, I’ve never left a place thinking the people there are rude. Don’t get me wrong, places can be much more friendly than others (namely in the southeast, obviously) but most people I’ve encountered from all over are nice.

I often find people confuse “rude” with “blunt”.

Being in Boston, I definitely get why people would find townies rude. They’re in your face, brash, and move at a quick pace. But honestly it’s not intended as rudeness, it’s just different. Most of them would love to shoot the shite with you and offer you a drink.


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mizslu314
Missouri Fan
Dirty STL
Member since Sep 2013
12642 posts

re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
Nicest - Louisville, Indy, SD, PHX
Rudest- any of the top 5 cities in pop


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LSUbrou
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Member since Feb 2009
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re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
ive lived short periods in multiple states and by far the nicest people were in Oregon. It didnt matter if i went to a restaurant, grocery store, or a bar. Everyone was incredibly friendly


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chity
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Member since Dec 2008
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re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
Minneapolis, pre George Floyd.


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Lima Whiskey
Member since Apr 2013
13263 posts

re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
Nicest: Mormon Country

Worst: NYC and Greenwich Ct.

The people in Greenwich have this flat cold way of speaking too. They sound heartless.
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TigerBR1111
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2014
4344 posts

re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
Chicago - Folks are pretty nice for a huge city

NYC - Rude in an aggressive kind of way
Wash DC - Rude in a snobby kind of way



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Bunsbert Montcroff
Arizona Fan
Phoenix AZ
Member since Jan 2008
5165 posts

re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
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Rudest: Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York

i dunno man, i found people in chicago to be very friendly. especially compared to big east-coast cities like NYC.

as far as passive aggressive and annoying, seattle has to be up there.


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Teddy Ruxpin
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Member since Oct 2006
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re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
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In my opinion, Jersey is home to our country's most unpleasant people. They blot out the nice folks they might have


Friends of ours grew up in Jersey. Her parents have since retired to Arizona. They don't fly so they were back in Jersey and went to get the car washed.

Attendant is taking the vehicle.

Mom "Please don't forget to roll up the windows"

Attendant "No shite lady"

Mom "I've missed this"


Teddy Ruxpin
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2006
36230 posts

re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
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Last summer I was in Nebraska (just passing through on my way to/from more interesting places) and pulled over to the side of the road to fly my drone low over a huge corn field toward a distant barn.


This seems like an introduction to a story with many threads. I have questions


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kingbob
LSU Fan
Sorrento, LA
Member since Nov 2010
58212 posts

re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
I rarely run into outright mean people while traveling. Most people most places are pretty decent.

The list of exceptions are all expected:
Salt Lake City, UT (Mormons are super nice to non-Mormons outside of Utah, but mega douches in Utah)
New Jersey, literally everywhere in New Jersey
New York City, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Los Angeles, CA

Everywhere else I've gone, the worst I have encountered is detached indifference. The most indifferent place had to be Phoenix, AZ. It feels like everyone there is so self-conscious and self-absorbed that they simply cannot notice or care about anyone else around them.

"nicest" places, I guess, would probably be New Orleans, Pittsburg, and Knoxville.
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starkvingrad
Mississippi St. Fan
Florida
Member since Apr 2021
1741 posts

re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
More nominations, based on my travels

Friendly:
San Diego
Memphis
Phoenix
Wichita
Syracuse
Burlington, VT
Jacksonville

Unfriendly:
Miami
Denver
Seattle
St. Louis
Cincinnati
Philadelphia
Baltimore
D.C.
Anywhere within a 100 mile radius of New York City


Somewhere in the middle:
Tampa
Kansas City
Atlanta
Las Vegas
Charlotte


DaleGribble
Bend, OR
Member since Sep 2014
2007 posts

re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
In the 3+ years that I've lived here, it seems like pretty much everyone that I've met is incredibly friendly. Not sure what it would be like to live in a city like Portland, Salem, or Eugene, though.


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hiltacular
Georgia Tech Fan
Philadelphia
Member since Jan 2011
17671 posts

re: USA: Nicest vs. Rudest Places
I have lived in ATL, CHI, NYC and now Philly.

I would say there is very little difference between any of these places. I honestly think I experience more bizarre behavior when I go home to ATL.


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