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Old 02-07-2014, 03:09 PM
 
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If someone loved talking to strangers and making small talk with folks, without any expectation of more, what city(s) would they like best? A place where the local social culture tells people that striking up a short conversation with a stranger is perfectly OK and even encouraged.

On the other hand what city would someone who loves to chat with total stranger feel the most uncomfortable?

I am talking about metro areas, not small towns.
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:20 PM
 
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If someone loved talking to strangers and making small talk with folks, without any expectation of more, what city(s) would they like best? A place where the local social culture tells people that striking up a short conversation with a stranger is perfectly OK and even encouraged.

On the other hand what city would someone who loves to chat with total stranger feel the most uncomfortable?

I am talking about metro areas, not small towns.
I don't think I've ever been to a larger city where people freely talk to strangers. But it's pretty common many smaller cities (Charleston was already mentioned).
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:07 PM
 
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To be honest, I would think that many of the large cities wouldn't be so uncomfortable for talking to strangers. For example, NYC can be a hectic place and you're always up close to various pedestrians. Many times, you might also need to interact with different people to get around. But with many of the sprawled out small cities, you're mostly in your car and you barely have to interact with anyone. Also, larger cities tend to be more culturally diverse and receive an influx of different people. Therefore, people won't feel so estranged. But it might be more different in some rural town where people aren't as exposed to different types of people and making conversation can feel more uncomfortable.
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:23 PM
 
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New Orleans people are friendly until they get behind the wheel. LOL
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Denver
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New Orleans is known for this.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:46 AM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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New York definitely, i find the city chock full of really friendly and super interesting folks. There are always people there (or anywhere) who won't give you the time of day but there is usually plenty of other folks nearby who possess a friendly and gregarious personality.

I would imagine southern cities would be this way too or even more so (based on above responses), but haven't spent enough time in them other than Atlanta and that was a friendly city.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Yakima WA
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I haven't been there for awhile so not sure if it's still this way but when I visited Kansas City I had many people in public start talking to me. More than anywhere I have ever been.
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Center City
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If you are talking both stopping folks on the street to chat things up with you, I can't imagine you'd get a good response anywhere, including small towns. On there other hand, if you are talking about striking up a conversation with the person on the next park bench or a brief chat with the couple at the neighboring restaurant table, I've lived in Boston, Kansas City, Wilmington (DE), Houston and Philly and found it easy to talk to folks in each place. It is only a myth that folks in big cities aren't friendly.
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:40 PM
 
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I think it's all a matter of the individual--
not necessarily the city they're in.
I've lived in the city, the country & the burbs.
I can talk to people from just about anywhere & I do.
Although the suburbanites bore the Hell out of me, lol
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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From my own travels, Winnipeg, OKC, NYC, and London, Ontario stand out.
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