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Which U.S. Cities Are The Friendliest?

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | May 01, 2015

Which U.S. Cities Are The Friendliest?

If you're looking to make some new friends at your next destination, you may want to consider heading south.

According to a recent survey conducted by Travel + Leisure, a majority of America's friendliest cities are located well below the Mason-Dixon Line. 

Although friendliness is nearly impossible to quantify, the survey results highlight a number of cities with reputations for being welcoming, including a plethora of southern destinations. Two Texas cities cracked the top 15, however 14 different states were represented in all, including one outside of the mainland U.S.

Here's a look at the survey results, counting down to the friendliest city in America:

15. Atlanta, Georgia

14. Portland, Oregon

13. Louisville, Kentucky

12. Honolulu, Hawaii

11. Houston, Texas

10. Austin, Texas

9. Albuquerque, New Mexico

8. New Orleans, Louisiana

7. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

6. Charleston, South Carolina

5. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

4. Kansas City, Missouri

3. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

2. Salt Lake City, Utah

1. Nashville, Tennessee 

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Boasting a renowned and world-class music scene, it's likely no coincidence that Nashville is viewed as the nation's friendliest city. More often than not, music puts people at ease and creates a welcoming environment.

Although few of the other cities on the list are known for their musical prowess, with the exception of Austin perhaps, warm weather and southern charm appear to play a key role, as Portland and Minneapolis/St. Paul were the northernmost cities to make the cut. 

Despite boasting sizeable populations, most of the cities on this list tend to give off small town vibes. Their big enough to draw a crowd but low-key enough to feel communal. That's more than likely why marquee destinations like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Miami remain absent. 

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