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View Poll Results: Most overrated city in the US
New York City 340 21.82%
Los Angeles, California 336 21.57%
Atlanta, Georgia 351 22.53%
Orlando, Florida 243 15.60%
Washington, D.C. 107 6.87%
Miami, Florida 197 12.64%
Chicago, Illinois 163 10.46%
San Francisco, California 168 10.78%
Austin, Texas 298 19.13%
Las Vegas, Nevada 269 17.27%
Honolulu, Hawaii 73 4.69%
Other 135 8.66%
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 11 0.71%
New Orleans, Louisiana 9 0.58%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 1558. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-14-2012, 01:10 PM
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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When I think of "overrated" I think of cities that people make out to be far greater than they actually are. I wouldn't say NYC is overrated nor Southern California as they are both world cities that drive the culture of our entire country. For overrated I would start with the hipster cities such as Portland, Seattle, and Austin. San Francisco gets a pass because it's so unique. In the sunbelt, I would almost certainly say Charlotte. Charlotte is a great city and all and I wish I still lived there, but I don't understand why people keep moving there in droves from the Northeast expecting to find a job despite their near double digit unemployment rate.

Old 12-14-2012, 03:45 PM
Location: New York
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Definitely New York City. I'm moving next year to Pittsburgh!
Old 12-14-2012, 04:28 PM
Location: North by Northwest
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Originally Posted by LJR14 View Post
The most over-rated city by far is Pittsburgh. They have spent money trying to pr themselves to winning awards and certain publications like forbes gives it tacit support, either because they are earning money by being paid for the pr and/or they have some ties (i.e. to the old, wealthy Pittsburgh).
How does that explain the strong economic rebound, resurgence in development, and huge influx of young, educated people? No one's trying to compare PGH to NYC, but it's certainly appropriate to laud it as a mid-sized, interior Northeastern destination that punches well above its weight in regard to restaurants, culture, nightlife, and general livability. I think the idea of a Pittsburgh positive publicity conspiracy is hilarious though. Where do they meet? The Field Club mayhaps?
Old 12-15-2012, 04:51 PM
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:07 PM
Location: East of the Mississippi and South of Bluegrass
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Originally Posted by DAP443 View Post
Which city do you think is the most overrated in the country?
The most overrated cities in the country are Las Vegas, LA, & Orlando, in that order.
Old 12-15-2012, 05:21 PM
Location: Lakewood OH
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Originally Posted by BigCityDreams View Post
I agree. I have never been to a city in the U.S. that I didn't like in some respect. Overrated just means it doesn't live up to the hype, but I can still like the city.
I was just browsing through this thread and I came upon this comment. It is a really good one and reps to you.

I live in Portland OR which isn't on the list. It's a very hyped city. I have lived here a long time and have seen people come and go quite a bit. Mostly the reason I have seen them go is it didn't live up to their expectations due to the hype they had heard. So to them it was overrated.

Now I have also known plenty of people who moved here and loved it. They had taken the time to find out the real deal for themselves before moving here. They determined it was the place for them without all the hoo-ha and hype most of which they knew to be exaggerated or not even true by the time they got here.

So yeah, overrated in some aspects, even underrated in others, I think most cities meet this criteria.
Old 12-15-2012, 05:27 PM
Location: St. Louis, MO
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My vote went for LA... I'm just not a West Coast kinda gal
Old 12-15-2012, 10:58 PM
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Orlando. Actually a small town and its made itself into miles of suburban sprawl. Disney is cool to take your kids to, but their style of development is steeped in the outdated, sprawl filled 1960s and 1970s urban renewal eras.

That said, Orlando is trying to establish some cultural areas in and around downtown. Thornton Park and the developing nearby Milk District and Mills 50, College, Park, Colonialtown, Winter Park and Delaney Park make the area somewhat bearable, but way overrated for what it is. I can name 10 other cities in the same size range that should be adding as many residents because their urban fabric, art, food, and architecture and general sense of soul are that much better.
Old 12-31-2012, 11:52 PM
Location: Morgantown, WV
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Still SanFran for me
Old 01-01-2013, 11:38 AM
Location: Austin,Tx
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