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Friendliest/unfriendliest U.S. cities, according to Conde Nast Traveler

By Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN
updated 7:19 AM EDT, Thu August 7, 2014
"The people have been through a lot, but their enthusiastic pride for their city shines," says one reader about New Orleans. <!-- -->
</br>The city is the fifth friendliest U.S. city according to Conde Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Survey. "The people have been through a lot, but their enthusiastic pride for their city shines," says one reader about New Orleans.
The city is the fifth friendliest U.S. city according to Conde Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Survey.
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Friendly cities: 5. New Orleans
Friendly cities: 4. Telluride, Colorado
Friendly cities: 3. San Antonio
Friendly cities: 2. Savannah, Georgia
Friendly cities: 1. Charleston, South Carolina
Unfriendly cities: 5. New Haven, Connecticut
Unfriendly cities: 4. Atlantic City, New Jersey
Unfriendly cities: 3. Hartford, Connecticut
Unfriendly cities: 2. Oakland, California
Unfriendly cities: 1. Newark, New Jersey
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Survey unveils friendliest and unfriendliest cities in U.S.
  • Newark tops chart as unfriendliest city
  • Southern cities dominate friendliest cities list

(CNN) -- If you meet someone from Newark in the next few days, treat them gently.

Having been voted the least friendly city in the world last year (beating Islamabad, Kuwait City and even Detroit), the New Jersey hub has this year been named the least friendly in the United States.

The most unfriendly city in the world

Logical, it would seem, but it must smart all the same.

Conde Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Survey unveiled the friendliest and unfriendliest cities in the country, based on reviews from the magazine's readers.

Southern cities dominated the list of the friendliest cities with Charleston, South Carolina, topping the chart.

Named the friendliest city in the world in last year's poll, Charleston is a "quaint and special little gem" according to the report, winning travelers' hearts with its hospitality, great food, local culture, history and natural beauty.

Savannah, Georgia, came second thanks to the "animated guides in seersucker suits" and San Antonio rounded up the top three.

The unfriendly list was dominated by medium-sized cities.

Oakland, California, was voted second unfriendliest, and was described as "rough around the edges."

Ranked third, Hartford, Connecticut, has "been trying to lift itself out of a slump since the 1980s."

Detroit dropped from no. 4 to no. 6 in the unfriendly list.

Called the "armpit of the world" by one reader last year, the report said comments this year were less brutal.

MORE: Which are the world's friendliest and unfriendliest cities?

Friendliest cities in the United States

10. Asheville, North Carolina

= 8. Nashville

= 8. Key West, Florida

7. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

6. Fort Worth, Texas

5. New Orleans

4. Telluride, Colorado

3. San Antonio

2. Savannah, Georgia

1. Charleston, South Carolina

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Unfriendliest cities in the United States

10. Miami

9. Wilmington, Delaware

8. The Hamptons, New York

7. Los Angeles

6. Detroit

5. New Haven, Connecticut

4. Atlantic City, New Jersey

3. Hartford, Connecticut

2. Oakland, California

1. Newark, New Jersey

MORE: Travel + Leisure survey names world's best cities

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