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Old 10-08-2019, 02:08 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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On the whole, the most friendly regions I've experienced in my travels are:

*Texas--Fort Worth area folks are super friendly.
*Tennessee--Great Smokies, Knoxville, Nashville area, hospitable, friendly, down to earth
*Connecticut--a reserved quality of folks but after they realize you share a commonality or want to get to know them, amazing people
*Kentucky--incredibly friendly folks
*West Virginia--friendly people abundant in my experiences
*Carolinas--generally friendly people all around
*Arizona--Tucson and Phoenix have a welcoming attitude and always friendly for most part

Least friendly with several experiences I have encountered:
*Miami area
*Philadelphia area
*LA area
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:35 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Least friendly states are definitely New Jersey (by far), New York, California, and Maryland (especially the DC area). As a whole, New Jersey is probably worse than New York because there's upstate NY to balance out the unfriendliness and rudeness of New York City, but all of New Jersey is considered urban, with very few truly rural areas to balance out the densely populated areas.

Atlantic City was VERY unfriendly. While there, people actually booed at me and my friends when we sang karoke at a bar in the Tropicana. This has NEVER happened before and has never happened later. I just don't imagine this happening in Louisiana, except maybe, and I stress MAYBE in a ghetto club. I also remember getting on an elevator in the hotel in Atlantic City and just saying good morning and people just stared at me like "why the hell are you talking to me", we say hello when sitting down at the roulette table and people just stare at us with hostile expressions. People are a lot more social in a casino in Louisiana or West Virginia.

New Jersey, New York, the DC area and California (especially Los Angeles) have the most aggressive and inconsiderate drivers.

With Maryland, the DC area is more of the I'm too busy for you, I'm better than you, you're beneath me kind of snobbishness and unfriendliness. Baltimore is more of a ghetto style confrontational, hostile kind of rudeness.

Overall, I've also noticed that the more Northeast and California transplants an area has, the less friendly it is and the more harried the pace of life. For example Charlotte vs rural North Carolina.
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Old 10-09-2019, 02:42 AM
 
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Least friendly states are definitely New Jersey (by far), New York, California, and Maryland (especially the DC area). As a whole, New Jersey is probably worse than New York because there's upstate NY to balance out the unfriendliness and rudeness of New York City, but all of New Jersey is considered urban, with very few truly rural areas to balance out the densely populated areas.

Atlantic City was VERY unfriendly. While there, people actually booed at me and my friends when we sang karoke at a bar in the Tropicana. This has NEVER happened before and has never happened later. I just don't imagine this happening in Louisiana, except maybe, and I stress MAYBE in a ghetto club. I also remember getting on an elevator in the hotel in Atlantic City and just saying good morning and people just stared at me like "why the hell are you talking to me", we say hello when sitting down at the roulette table and people just stare at us with hostile expressions. People are a lot more social in a casino in Louisiana or West Virginia.

New Jersey, New York, the DC area and California (especially Los Angeles) have the most aggressive and inconsiderate drivers.

With Maryland, the DC area is more of the I'm too busy for you, I'm better than you, you're beneath me kind of snobbishness and unfriendliness. Baltimore is more of a ghetto style confrontational, hostile kind of rudeness.

Overall, I've also noticed that the more Northeast and California transplants an area has, the less friendly it is and the more harried the pace of life. For example Charlotte vs rural North Carolina.
I often read on here how unfriendly Miami-Fort Lauderdale is. I take it a lot of that has to do with all the Northeastern transplants.
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Atlantic City was VERY unfriendly. While there, people actually booed at me and my friends when we sang karoke at a bar in the Tropicana. This has NEVER happened before and has never happened later. I just don't imagine this happening in Louisiana, except maybe, and I stress MAYBE in a ghetto club. I also remember getting on an elevator in the hotel in Atlantic City and just saying good morning and people just stared at me like "why the hell are you talking to me", we say hello when sitting down at the roulette table and people just stare at us with hostile expressions. People are a lot more social in a casino in Louisiana or West Virginia.
I was in South Jersey and Atlantic City several weeks ago and had the complete opposite experience. People were disinterested at worst, but not unfriendly. I even had a great time playing poker with the area guidos and NYers there.

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New Jersey, New York, the DC area and California (especially Los Angeles) have the most aggressive and inconsiderate drivers.
You should drive in Phoenix, Texas, or Northern Colorado.

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With Maryland, the DC area is more of the I'm too busy for you, I'm better than you, you're beneath me kind of snobbishness and unfriendliness.
I felt that the whole DC area was like this.

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Overall, I've also noticed that the more Northeast and California transplants an area has, the less friendly it is and the more harried the pace of life. For example Charlotte vs rural North Carolina.
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Old 10-09-2019, 05:10 PM
 
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People will be the friendliest to you if you look, dress and speak exactly like them.
So for everyone it'll be a different friendliest area, depends.

Say, if you're conservative-looking Anglo vs Native American vs typical PNW hippie you might experience different friendliest areas in this country....or, say if you have Southern drawl vs Northern yankee pronunciation, it'll be different.

After the last trip around entire mainland States, I'd say that Western/Central Colorado seemed like the most friendly and laid-back place overall (bad drivers though). And community-wise....Wisconsin?
In a lot of places community life is centered around church, by the way, so you might find a lot of that feel in small Southern towns too. But you have to belong, which might not be easy.
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Old 10-09-2019, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Greater Boston (Formerly Orlando and New York)
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Ive only been to a handful of states enough where I can judge but starting with the friendliest:

1. Minnesota- Is there an explanation needed?
2. Illinois- SO welcoming.
3. Maine-
4. Massachusetts- Im used to these people. I can see how they can come off as rude, but for the most part theyre great people. Theyre real.
5. New Hampshire- The tame M*******.
6. Pennsylvania- I enjoy PAers.
7. New Jersey- Not bad for TriState/Philly metro people
8. Washington- Indifferent.
9. Alaska- Slightly angry, but very nice.
10. California- LA seriously has an attitude problem.
11. Connecticut- Bad rep of New England.
12. New York- Arrogant. Arrogant. Arrogant. The world revolves around them attitude and everyone wants to be there in NY all the time. Some of the most ignorant Aholes Ive ever met were you name it, From New York. However what is saving it from last is typically people from the Hudson Valley to Albany are very nice. Also in college, the black populaiton from NYC did NOT associate with other colors. There is some serious problems in the state I onced lived in.
13. Florida- Combining Laziness with rudeness and a provincial attitude.. place sucks in friendliness. The type of people who call you poor for not having a mercedes, yet are bank tellers, live here.
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Old 10-09-2019, 06:14 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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I often read on here how unfriendly Miami-Fort Lauderdale is. I take it a lot of that has to do with all the Northeastern transplants.
I think that is partially it. Also, the area is loaded with transplants from South America, Central America and the Caribbean, and there is a cultural/social disconnect and understanding, so it comes off as "rude and unfriendly" but may just be a cultural difference.
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:35 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I often read on here how unfriendly Miami-Fort Lauderdale is. I take it a lot of that has to do with all the Northeastern transplants.
Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach in particular are overrun with New York, New Jersey and DC transplants who bring their way of life there. They are very elitist and snobby and look down on working class people. These are the people who don't even say hello to their neighbors or care to make new friends outside their existing social circle. I hate to be someone moving to Fort Lauderdale (or New Jersey or New York or DC) not knowing anyone. Here in Louisiana while I knew many people before I moved back, I also made VERY close friends simply in the neighborhood.

Miami also has a lot of rich foreigners from Latin America and Europe. On the other hand though, Miami also has a lot of illegal immigrants many of which are in the gangster/cholo lifestyle and I'm sure areas like Little Havana and Little Haiti are very hostile to people not of that nationality.
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:44 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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While Southern hospitality definitely still exists in Louisiana, what's interesting is we have large numbers of both rednecks and ghetto people. Rednecks are typically very friendly in my experience and non-pretentious, though they are also very direct and speak their minds. If someone does feel they're being treated unfairly or disrespected on or pushed around, they're more likely to respond with open hostility than let's say a hipster from Portland. Friendliness and politeness are also different, a lot of people I know who are very friendly can also do impolite things like spit on the ground, use a lot of profanity when talking, etc.

But even though I'm of Asian descent, I'm very assimilated and I do find West Virginia and RURAL areas of Louisiana to be the most friendly and welcoming. I do speak like a Southern American like another poster mentioned so a Mexican who doesn't speak English is going to get a very different much less friendly reception here from both white and black people. But in general, people in Louisiana and WV are unlikely to be super rude to a stranger for no reason.

In Baton Rouge a lot of people are actually kind of guarded, same with the suburbs because of the crime and drug issues we do have and because illegal immigration is an increasing problem here. So people in certain parts of town CAN be wary about who is moving into their neighborhood but this is natural and I saw the same thing in Baltimore.
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