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Old 02-05-2008, 01:06 PM
 
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Have read lots of threads about "friendly" cities, but which larger cities (larger than 250,000) seem to welcome outsiders in a more sincere way and maybe even develop frienships?
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Old 02-05-2008, 01:15 PM
 
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Birmingham, easily.
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Old 02-05-2008, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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Not sure about any particular city. Mostly in the south and midwest, though, I think.
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Old 02-05-2008, 03:46 PM
 
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Las Vegas.

No one's actually from here, so 99% of the population is "outsiders".
It's funny...no matter where you go, you'll always bump into someone from your home city or home state.
People are mostly nice, too.
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Old 02-05-2008, 03:50 PM
 
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And actually, about the midwest...it really depends on the city. Some of them are really welcoming to outsiders, while others definitely don't like outsiders at all.
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Old 02-20-2008, 03:59 PM
 
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And actually, about the midwest...it really depends on the city. Some of them are really welcoming to outsiders, while others definitely don't like outsiders at all.

yes, Dubois County in southern Indiana comes to mind. Rude, stuck on themselves, clique-ish, if you aren't from one of the German families born and raised in the area, then you are an outsider and treated accordingly. If I had a dollar for every time I've held the door for someone, said excuse me, or thank you and been glared at or just flat blown off rudely, I'd be rich. I am counting the days until I can move as far away from this "place" as I can possibly get! Travellers and relocators be warned! (btw have lived here for over 13 years now, so I know what I'm talking about...)
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Old 02-20-2008, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Denver has really friendly people and I could go up to a stranger and ask a question without feeling awkward.

Southern, midwestern, and Great Plains cities will likely come up. People are way more laid back.
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Old 02-20-2008, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Denver/Boulder Zone 5b
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I'm with Danny, I would say Denver (as a whole) is very friendly. Some people in the downtown core might be a bit cold, but overall, yeah.

I also found Portland, OR extremely friendly. One of my favorite cities.
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Old 02-20-2008, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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San Diego. Most people are from another place and have lives that don't depend on having family/ friends from years back in the area.

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Old 02-20-2008, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Chesterfield, MO
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I'm with Danny, I would say Denver (as a whole) is very friendly. Some people in the downtown core might be a bit cold, but overall, yeah.

I also found Portland, OR extremely friendly. One of my favorite cities.
Denver? I would think that Denver is one of the most DIFFICULT places to be an outsider. People are pretty much into themselves, unfortunately.

I think the midwest and parts of the south would be pretty good bets. And I wouldn't be surprised if places like Pittsburgh and maybe Buffalo--old rustbelt cities that require the community to sorta stick it out together--would be pretty nice for outsiders.
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