Charleston is the world’s friendliest city, according to the readers of Conde Nast Traveler.
The picks for “The 2016 Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities in the World” lead the magazine’s website at cntraveler.com.
“Europeans are heading to Charleston because they’ve heard about the food and the architecture,” Conde Nast deputy digital editor Laura Redman told CNN. “It’s getting great press, and it’s having a moment.”
Charleston has been named as the nation’s friendliest city several times in the past few years. Travel + Leisure readers picked the Holy City as the No. 2 friendliest city in the world a year ago, behind Galway, a coastal town in Ireland.
At least partly as a result of the publicity, the number of visitors to Charleston swelled from 4.22 million in 2010 to 5.15 million last year, a 22 percent jump, according to the College of Charleston Office of Tourism Analysis. Charleston has also gained a reputation as an international food destination.
Conde Nast posted several comments from readers about why they chose Charleston:
“People speak to each other.”
“It has the charm of the South, the sophistication of the city, and a warmth and friendliness that is unmatched.”
“Everything in Charleston is perfectly designed for visitors to be comfortable, safe, and well taken care of. In short, even as the city grows, Southern hospitality lives.”
Other American cities that made the list were Park City, Utah; Savannah; and Nashville, Tenn.
The unfriendliest city in the world? Newark, N.J. Readers were put off by the city’s nightmarish traffic and confusing signs. “Poor Newark” finished lower than Tijuana, Mexico, which readers characterized as “dirty” and “unsafe.”
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