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New York, Los Angeles Top Survey of World's Unfriendliest Cities

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | March 25, 2015

New York, Los Angeles Top Survey of World's Unfriendliest Cities

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While it isn't all that surprising that New York — a city known best for never sleeping — is considered by many travelers to be the world's most cantankerous, now there are numbers to back it up.

According to a recent survey conducted by Yahoo Travel, 31 percent of 2,000-plus U.S. men and women respondents tabbed New York as the unfriendliest city on the planet. 

The argument for New York is rather easy given its reputation, and in a city of 8.4 million people, it's certainly not uncommon to feel detached. Plus, a continuous blare of car horns has a way of making people feel on edge.

But the Big Apple's West Coast counterpart, Los Angeles, isn't far behind, ranking as the world's second-unfriendliest city in the eyes of Americans, with 15 percent of respondents in agreement that sunshine and beautiful people aren't necessarily prerequisites for giving off good vibrations. 

Farther north, San Francisco was the only other U.S. city to receive a significant portion of the vote, with four percent of respondents naming it the world's unfriendliest city. 

(Insert sourdough joke here.)

Internationally, Paris was considered the unfriendliest, receiving the title from 14 percent of respondents. Immediately, tensions between the U.S. and France in the recent past as well as the language barrier come to mind as potential influences for the French capital's standing.

In addition to Paris, international metropolises like Hong Kong (nine percent), Sao Paulo (six percent), Tokyo (six percent), London (three percent), Rome (three percent) and Sydney (two percent) were highlighted as potentially unfriendly destinations by respondents. 

Notably, it was mostly male respondents who viewed Rome as being unfriendly and mainly millennials who considered Hong Kong and Sydney among the world's most standoffish cities. 


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