America’s 5 Friendliest and 5 Most Mannerly Cities

Earlier this month, Forbes asked me to name my choices for the five friendliest and five most mannerly cities in America.

As a frequent business traveler, I have the opportunity to visit dozens of destinations throughout the year and I have the good fortune to meet terrific individuals anywhere I go. You can imagine, then, the task was daunting to say the least.

For me, impressions of a new place are forged by the interactions I have with taxi drivers, shopkeepers, restaurant workers and everyday residents. All it takes is a few rude exchanges and I’ll return home with a less than favorable perception of the locale. Conversely, after a few friendly conversations, chances are good I’ll be longing to return.

Although it wasn’t easy narrowing down my list to just five, my choices are below. For the full Forbes article and my reasons for nominating each, please see here.

Let me know what you think…next time I think I’d prefer to list the top fifty rather than the top five!


FRIENDLIEST

1. Dallas, TX
2. Nashville, TN
3. New York City
4. Boulder, CO
5. Washington, DC

MOST MANNERLY
1. Palm Beach, FL
2. Minneapolis, MN
3. Lancaster, PA
4. Charlotte, NC
5. New Orleans, LA