Not again: Newark repeats as nation's unfriendliest city

By Alex Napoliello |
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on August 05, 2014


For the second year in a row, Newark was named the unfriendliest city in the United States by Conde Nast Traveler.

The state's largest city is considered by most as an "airport city" that's "crowded and overpriced," the magazine said in its 2014 Readers' Choice Survey.

CHALLENGE: Say something nice about Newark, Atlantic City

However, it's not all doom and gloom for Newark, which received a score of 33.5 out of 100.

The report pointed out that the city has "changed in a lot of ways for the better" and that it is a "good jumping-off point" for exploring New York City. The report also gave a nod to the “standout” Portuguese cuisine in the Ironbound District.

A reader also mentioned that Newark's mayor "tries hard," though Cory Booker, who was the mayor at the time, is now a U.S. senator.

Rounding out the top five this year is Oakland, Calif., Hartford, Conn., Atlantic City and New Haven, Conn., respectively. It is important to note that last year's list included cities from all over the world.

Atlantic City finished fourth, with a score of 46.3. That’s up from last year’s ranking of fifth.

According to the survey, readers aren't impressed with the shopping, nightlife and dining in Atlantic City. They also noted the casino competition in neighboring states, and that the casino staff is "becoming increasingly vocal about the cutbacks."

On the other end of the spectrum, Charleston, S.C., Savannah, Ga. and San Antonio were named as the friendliest cities in the country.

The annual survey asks Conde Nast Traveler readers to rate their experience with cities, islands, hotels, resorts, cruise ships and airlines. The complete 2014 Readers' Choice Awards rankings will be published in the November issue of the magazine.

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