Charleston voted friendliest city in U.S. again by Conde Nast readers

Visitors take a horse-and-carriage tour to enjoy the sights on Church Street.

Charleston was named the friendliest city in the United States for the second year in a row by Conde Nast Traveler's readers.

The list, announced by the travel publication on Monday, ranks cities across the country based on travelers' perceptions of how friendly their residents are.

Visitors found Charleston so friendly, the magazine reported, that many who participated in the survey said they would consider living in the Holy City year-round.

In addition to its kind residents, travelers appreciated the Lowcountry for its culture, cuisine and history.

"The historic town earned accolades for its blend of 'undervalued local culture,' history, and natural beauty, as well as the 'incredible food' and Charleston City Market, with its boutiques and art galleries," Conde Nast reported. "In short, Charleston is the total package, landing it atop the list for the second year in a row."

Southern hospitality was apparently popular with travelers this year. New Orleans, Nashville, Tenn. and Asheville, N.C. took positions in the top 10 list, and Savannah, Ga. ranked just behind Charleston.

"Charleston has long been known for it's reputation as a friendly and welcoming city," said Dan Blumenstock, chairman of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Governors. "We are proud to say that Southern hospitality is indeed part of the fabric that makes Charleston a top destination in the United States as recognized by readers of Conde Nast Traveler for the second year in a row."

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