New York is the most welcoming city in the world (allegedly)
Next-to-no-one ever says, "You know what? New Yorkers are so nice!". Residents of The City That Never Sleeps are notorious for glaring at tourists for meandering on sidewalks, not knowing their orders at the deli counter, and swiping too slow at subway turnstiles. But according to a recent survey, New York is actually the most welcoming city in the world.
According to 3,724 "experienced travelers" interviewed by CouponCodesPro -- a site so legit we couldn't make it up -- 11 percent of respondents identified New York City as the most welcoming city anywhere. Maybe the guys handing out CDs on Broadway and the guy talking to himself on the B train at 3am count as friendly?
The survey also found Beijing to be the second-most welcoming city, claiming 10 percent of respondents, while Toronto (8 percent), Amsterdam (8 percent) -- known for its very welcoming Red Light District -- and Sydney (7 percent) rounded out the top five.
By contrast, 13 percent of travelers agreed that French people are really rude, especially to Americans, as Paris was named the least welcoming city. City of Fight, amirite?
The bottom five included London (9 percent), Barcelona (8 percent), Rome (5 percent), and Tokyo (3 percent).
Let the Facebook-comment debate commence.
Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. She moved from the second least welcoming city on the planet to the most welcoming city, though she's still not sure it wants her. Follow her giving tourists free hugs on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.