Fort Lauderdale Named Among World's 30 Unfriendliest Cities, And Honestly, We Don't Buy It
For us locals, Fort Lauderdale is paradise. The beaches are gorgeous, the restaurants are killer and both the weather and the people are warm and welcoming. But apparently, not everyone agrees: Fort Lauderdale was just named among Travel + Leisure's 30 unfriendliest cities in the world.
Fort Lauderdale placed at No. 19 on the list, which included international destinations such as Marseille, France, and St. Petersburg, Russia. But at least we aren’t as bad as Miami, which placed No. 12.
Taking the top spot was Moscow, Russia, which was called out for its locals not being very helpful.
To come up with the rankings, Travel + Leisure looked through nearly 200,000 responses from its World’s Best Awards reader survey, which helps determine the best cities, destination spas, all-inclusive resorts and more. When rating cities, readers are asked to evaluate locations based upon six characteristics: sights/landmarks, culture/arts, restaurants/food, shopping, value, and—yes—people/friendliness.
While Fort Lauderdale was discounted for its “bad” behavior, it was lauded for being hospitable and accepting to the LGBT community.
Everyone has bad days, but we guess you might say we need an attitude adjustment?
The top 10 unfriendliest cities—No Florida towns here!—are as follows:
1. Moscow, Russia
2. Atlantic City, New Jersey
3. St. Petersburg, Russia
4. Marseille, France
5. Los Angeles, California
6. New York, New York
7. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
8. Baltimore, Maryland
9. Las Vegas, Nevada
10. Cannes, France
For the full list, click on over to Travel + Leisure.