New Haven, Hartford make “unfriendliest cities” list

Connecticut State Capitol
The Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Two Connecticut cities, New Haven and Hartford, made Conde Nast Traveler’s2014 list of unfriendliest cities in the U.S. But at least New Haven seems to be getting a tad bit friendlier this year.

Conde Nast Traveler put together a top ten list of the friendliest cities and unfriendliest cities in the United States with results taken from a Reader’s Choice Survey. Readers were asked to rate cities based on things like how friendly the locals were and how much they felt welcome there.

The Elm City came in at number 5 on the Unfriendliest List with a score of 47.2. Home to Yale University and the Shubert Theater, the list credits New Haven as proving “one man’s stuffy is another man’s swanky.” Yet New Haven is doing a bit better in being more welcoming than they were last year, when the city made the list at number 3.

A visitor recommended to “spend time during the summer when the streets are calm,” and pointed out that city does have “the most art and architecture within a half-mile range.” Conde Nast Traveler specifies the Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill-designed Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a particular place travelers should visit.

Connecticut’s Capitol city is even more “unfriendly” according to the survey. Hartford made the list at number 3, with a score of 45.5, taking New Haven’s spot from last year. The list says the city falls behind as a destination for tourists and has “been trying to lift itself out of a slump since the 1980s.”

Yet locals, especially “young professionals” disagree, stating that Hartford has a “great atmosphere to explore while doing business.” They also note that in this city you can “walk everywhere, to restaurants, theaters and museums,” which may be an upside for tourists.

The list highlights Hearty Kitchen as a place locals recommend for visitors who want “lunch and weekend brunch,” with foods like “locally sourced organic fried chicken and waffles.”

Rounding out the top three for unfriendliest cities, Oakland, California came in a number 2. and Newark, New Jersey was rated the most unfriendly city.

For the Friendliest List, it may not be surprising that cities with Southern Hospitality, dominated the list, with Charleston, North Carolina coming in the number 1 spot.

But don’t worry Connecticut lovers, we have another whole year to welcome travelers with open arms and get our cities on the Friendliest List for 2015.

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