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Old 09-14-2016, 06:01 PM
 
Location: West of the Rockies
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I lived in Seattle and I'd call that somewhat of an antisocial city, but moreso cliqueish and misanthropic than anything. People still have friends there, but they tend to be extremely selective and very standoffish or even downright hostile towards those not in their clique. There are a lot of mentally ill and autistic/Asperberger's types there too and it sorta adds to the illusion of it being an antisocial city.

What are some cities that are more truly lonesome ranger? As in, you will see people by themselves at the movies, restaurants, and out and about frequently? Maybe not rude and nasty towards strangers, but just preferring to keep to themselves and not concerned with having a huge network of friends?
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Old 09-14-2016, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Texas
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My hometown of Colorado Springs is like that also. Most young people there are married with large families. They also have lots of wealthy, out-of-state retirees who moved to Colorado Springs for huge houses on huge scenic lots for a rock-bottom price who want to be left alone.

I also found Wyoming to be very anti-social. People in Wyoming are extremely polite and even a bit friendly but they tend to more the type that want to left alone.

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Old 09-14-2016, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I lived in Seattle and I'd call that somewhat of an antisocial city, but moreso cliqueish and misanthropic than anything. People still have friends there, but they tend to be extremely selective and very standoffish or even downright hostile towards those not in their clique. There are a lot of mentally ill and autistic/Asperberger's types there too and it sorta adds to the illusion of it being an antisocial city.

What are some cities that are more truly lonesome ranger? As in, you will see people by themselves at the movies, restaurants, and out and about frequently? Maybe not rude and nasty towards strangers, but just preferring to keep to themselves and not concerned with having a huge network of friends?
My sister liked it there and made a few friends. She met her future husband there. So...
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:45 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I lived in Seattle and I'd call that somewhat of an antisocial city, but moreso cliqueish and misanthropic than anything
Antisocial behavior is defined as a deviant social disorder characterized by violent, callous disregard for other's physical and mental health and safety. Misanthropic means an attitude of utter hatred for the human species. I don't think Seattle qualifies as either.

Some cities have more antisocial behavior than others, but there is no such thing as a true antisocial or misanthropic city except maybe some kind of prison city from a dystopian post-apocalyptic novel or movie.

I think the word you are looking for is asocial, or even more likely introverted, a very different pattern of behavior characterized by a limited need for social contact. This social contact can be very congenial, but not extensive.
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