Travel & Leisure Magazine Names Nation’s Top Rudest Cities

By Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Travel and Leisure Magazine named the rudest cities in the country and Philadelphia was on the list, but improved from last year’s ranking. Does that mean Philadelphians are nicer?

“The City of Brotherly Love” was named the third rudest city in the magazine a year ago but this year the city fell eight spots to number 11. According to a non-scientific poll in Center City, residents say people still have a lot of work to do at minding their manners.

“Say hello to somebody without expecting a strange look in return as if you’re being some kind of alien creature,” said Aaron, a former Western Pennsylvania native. “I’m just not used to that. When I was stationed in Idaho, there was a very friendly community in Boise. It’s a night and day difference with Philadelphia.”

“Spitting on the street is something that as a non-Philadelphian, who became a Philadelphian, I notice a lot,” said one woman who is originally from Chicago (14th on the list).

Is chivalry dead? Yes, according to Willard, a Center City bike courier.

“Women open their own doors in Philly,” he said. “When men get in a car, a woman has to open her own door. He should have opened the door before he got in the car!”

Others say there aren’t enough please’s and thank you’s, too much littering, and a lot of expletives thrown around on the street. A bike courier says he gets his share of ‘greetings’ on the road, but not as much this time of year.

“It’s been cold so windows have been up and I haven’t heard any of it,” he said.

Some blamed fast-paced life in the city for the Philly “attytood,” but many said, in this case, at least the city is not number one. Which city was the rudest? A former resident of that city explains.

“In New York, everyone’s in their own little world. Everyone’s staring at the ground. You know, people really don’t exist over there.”

However, the magazine did list Philadelphia as a top five city for burgers and street food which could explain the drop in the rudeness ranking. It is rude, after all, to talk with your mouth full.

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  • vori52

    I find all these comments from Non-Philadelphians amusing….they just don’t get it. Every North-East city has crime and racial issues, it’s how you approach others that determines their response…Philly is no better or worse than any metropolitan area.In fact our reclaimed neighborhoods are growing every day with vital creative people [many are NYC transplants] The City population is growing for the first time in decades. Those of you who are voicing your negative opinions are adopting the very attitude you are condemning. Go poke around Old City,Northern Liberties, Fishtown or Port Richmond, maybe you will find an environment more to your liking. Its not about being “trapped” unless you allow yourself to stagnate.

  • dan oconner

    In the 60s Philly was considered one of the friendliest citys in America, they even made a song about it. Now its the crime capital of America as well. I guess times sure have changed, but its that way in most citys of the northeast, and California.The South seems to have friendlier people, with Charleston S.C. always being voted first by travelers….

  • Gilbert R Albright Jr

    Philly is so racially divided and polarized it is more llike a battle zpne. Each side giving no ground and always viewing the other suspiciously. The negativity of the people there is overwhelming and pervasive,

    The motivation behind anything that is done is quickly questioned, then there is a fight over who gets the credit and the biggest slice of the pie.

    Philadelphians view themselves as being trapped in a mess with no chance for escape.

    • Trapped

      It’s a battle zone alright,in more ways than one,but among lifestyles in the upper class vs lower class neighborhoods. Each one thinks theirs is superior,but it’s usually the outsiders that see the real truth the clearest.

      As for being trapped,that’s one thing I always say but few agree with. Perhaps it’s the denial they’re equipped with^

  • vori52

    Its just this sort of thing that gives us a bad name. What you experience in philly is not rudeness it is simply the hesistance to be “newsy” as they call it here.. Philadelphia especially Center City is built on an 18th century grid plan, much like the great European cities. We exist from day to day in “row” homes which generally put your neighbors little more than 15 ft on either side,[ unless you are lucky enough to live in a corner property.When one is raised under these conditions ones privacy is always at stake.Due to this proximity city dwelling Philadelphians tend to protect thier personal space by adopting a defensive atitude even out of their homes. Its more of a “you mind your business and I will mind mine” To tourists this comes off as rude, but thats the way of it here. Coupledwith the fact that Phila is not that transient, the “hoods” are enclaves of multiple generations,[ everyone is related] which makes for a clannish ” tude” toward “outsiders” Thats why they named us “The city of homes” On the other side of the coin, being a trasplant resident of more than 35 years, residents are slow to accept new neighbors, but once you are accepted into the hood clan its is the best place to live, the neighbors look out for each other and are helpful, but once again at an arms length, so as not too appear too “newsy”. The Quaker roots live in all inhabitants,respect for others beliefs and the right to your personal privacy. That being said look a little closer before you make any judgments on life in Philadelphia.

  • Synque Nuno

    WRONG, The person that wrote this needs to visit Miami


    This is such B.S. I lived in philly 10 years and loved it. No it’s not perfect but I feel the good outweighs the bad. I can walk and bike everywhere for the most part to go out and have an enjoyable life. I met plenty of nice people. And as far as “rude” I disagree. People are simply more direct, honest, straight-forward. I grew up in the midwest and some would argue people are nicer there, but it’s more like they’re more passive-aggresive, overly nice, or just don’t say things they really think. I grew to appreciate the blunt attitudes in Philly and prefer that to the midwest. If you want really bland, overly nice people, then go to Wisconsin where I grew up, I sure as heck would rather stay on the east.

  • Tyler

    Awesome article dude…did you go to college to be able to write this?

    • Anonymous

      Tyler must be from New York

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