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Old 08-09-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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I think it is pleasurable to make small talk and chit chat with people I meet when I go out in public. I love to talk to grocery clerks, people in line, people sitting at benches in parks, etc. I don't expect to make friends with any of them, but just enjoy being friendly.

What City has the highest percent of people who would enjoy having brief and friendly conversations with normal looking and acting strangers?
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Old 08-09-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I imagine any city with high pedestrian activity and civic pride.
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Old 08-09-2012, 02:37 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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In my experience New Orleans, San Diego, and NYC were the easiest to strike up a conversation with a stranger. In SD it was usually in line at the store. NOLA and NYC in a bar. Also at the Yankees game we went to it was easy to talk to the people around us, we actually met up with them a night or two later in Manhattan.
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:21 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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San Francisco. However a lot of the people one may encounter there you may not be inclined to chit chat with. Nonetheless I noticed people of all kinds aproach you on the streets there without hesitation.

Atlanta was pretty easy, didn't really have to break the ice there to strike up a conversation. Also I'd say San Antonio and El Paso are very friendly, I've gotten great customer service, nice small talk, and lots of smiles in both of those cities.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:48 AM
 
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Pittsburgh is a city where you will see a Soccer Mom carrying a conversation with a Transvestite while both wait on the Bus and the conversation will be about this humidity is doing to their hair.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:57 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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San Francisco. However a lot of the people one may encounter there you may not be inclined to chit chat with. Nonetheless I noticed people of all kinds aproach you on the streets there without hesitation.
Yeah and 9 out of 10 times they are homeless people.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:42 PM
 
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People are really friendly in Cordoba.
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:28 PM
 
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I was specially looking for information on how local culture impacted people being open to small talk with strangers.
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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brattleboro, vermont
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:24 AM
 
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Philadelphia, Pa. They be just budding in in your conversation. Happens everyday when I'm talking to friends. They be like: did you know it's gonna be rainy today? They're always random.
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