Thursday, August 1, 2013

Jackson & Natchez make top ten of friendliest U.S. cities.

Jackson and Natchez ranked in the top ten of Conde Nast Traveler's most friendly cities in America. The annual survey surveys readers for the friendliest and unfriendliest cities. The two cities tied for seventh place. The survey said Charleston, South Carolina was the friendliest city in the United States.  Link to story


The survey said Natchez was:

Known for well-preserved relics of pre-Civil War architecture, including “very beautiful antebellum houses,” Natchez also boasts a sweetly Southern resident community. The hospitable population and slower pace of life make Natchez “an amazing town to visit and relax.” In fact, this “great undiscovered location” made one reader "feel like a real Southern Belle.”

while praising Jackson:
Visitors to Mississippi's capital—and most populous town—note that “friendly people and great food” make it a worthy stop. Its streets are “steeped in history” and dotted with “green and pretty” public spaces. Take an afternoon to sample “wonderful barbeque” and chat with “lovely” residents.

The rankings are:

Friendliest
1. Charleston, SC
2. Galena, IL
3. Savannah, GA
4. Asheville, NC
5. Austin, TX
7. Natchez, MS
7. Jackson, MS
8. Telluride, CO
9. Sonoma, CA
10. Branson, MO

Unfriendliest
1. Newark, NJ
2. Oakland, CA
3. New Haven, CT
4. Detroit, MI
5. Atlantic City, NJ
6. Los Angeles, CA
7. Albany, NY
8. Wilmington, DE
9. Anaheim, CA
10. Sacremento, CA

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Any idea which "wonderful barbeque" they were referencing? Any place in particular, or just BBQ in general?

A former customer of mine from Danville, VA called me a year or so ago asking about Two Sisters, saying that it had made some online top ten list, but they're not really BBQ.

Nice to see Jackson at the top of a good list rather than a bad list. Of course, Jackson has always had friendly people. We've always known that.

Anonymous said...

Boy this will bring the haters out in angst.

Kingfish said...

Yup. Be warned, I'm not approving any comment with the words "whole foods".

Anonymous said...

Yeah, keep all the douchebags and pricks outta here.

bill said...
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bill said...

What hastens our lasting efforts for our older, decent selves? Friendship, that's what.

Anonymous said...

How can Jackson be considered both one of the most dangerous and friendliest cities at the same time? "Come to Jackson. We'll be nice while we rob you."

Anonymous said...

It was simply a matter of time. Here is number one.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you, KF @ 11:39. So sick of hearing that guy.

Anonymous said...

When it comes to police impersonators Jackson and Hinds are very friendly and welcoming. We are lucky though that the Conde Nast people didn't run into our arrogant ass downtown.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious too as to what factors were observed to make the list. Did the people even get out of the car at the 'green and pretty' public spaces? What spaces are they even referring to? Battlefield park?

12:43 has a great point. We were just named one of the most dangerous cities in the nation. So one of these surveys is complete bull.

Or maybe we should be asking who funded this survey.

Anonymous said...

Also I wonder what race the people conducting the survey were. Jackson's black population is some of the most racist people in the world.

Anonymous said...

Why have the person that killed the policeman on I-55 have not been identified or charged?

The person in the accident last night with AMR was charged this morning.
Something is not right.

Anonymous said...

Most of the restaurants and stores that I still venture into within Jackson city limits seem to still have friendly people of all races. Just don't stop at a convenience store on West Capital at midnight and ask for directions.

PittPanther said...

Of course Jackson is a friendly town. Every weekday morning we invite thousands of suburbanites into our midst to work in our government and medial facilities, knowing full well they will do nothing but bad-mouth and insult us the entire town.

A less-friendly town would tell them to pound sand and go work at Madison's state government offices, or at the university hospital in Ridgeland. Oh, wait, they don't exist...

Where Are All The Friendly People said...

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Anonymous said...

... into our midst to work in our government and medial facilities ...

Our?

Those state govt and medical facilities are the only things propping up your shit hole city.

Anonymous said...

If by "Its streets are steeped in history”, they mean that you can see the fossil record through the holes in the road, then yes, I guess they are...

Anonymous said...

I'm not going to comment on Jackson but I will comment on Natchez. It is an extremely friendly town. No matter where you go the locals will stop and visit with you. I go to Natchez several times a year just to tour and eat at some of their awesome restaurants. Personally I love Natchez.

Anonymous said...

@ 1:52
"Also I wonder what race the people conducting the survey were. Jackson's black population is some of the most racist people in the world. "

Exactly! Like the racist black guy who got himself beaten to death by some nice wholesome kids from Rankin County.

Anonymous said...

@ 9:16

Exactly! Like the racist old white guy who got beaten to death with a wrench by the two black gentlemen from/in hinds county! That recieved NO media coverage! NO arrests were made!

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