The annual reader’s survey from Conde Nast was recently released and surprise — Charleston was voted the “friendliest city in the USA.” Poor Newark, NJ was on the opposite end of the spectrum and was voted the “unfriendliest.” Globally, Charleston was voted #4 only eclipsed by Melbourne, Auckland and Victoria, BC. Some fine company Charleston finds herself in . . .
The Conde Nast description of Charleston was such:
Several visitors praised this “quaint and special little gem” for embodying Southern hospitality at every turn—so much so that they “would consider living there full time.” The historic town earned accolades for its blend of “undervalued local culture,” history, and natural beauty, as well as the “incredible food” and Charleston City Market, with its boutiques and art galleries. In short, Charleston is the total package, landing it atop the list for the second year in a row.
I have a friend who remarks about first moving to Charleston and I think it rings true with a lot of us “from off” (local dialect when describing someone not born in Charleston.) He says that “I was a nice guy when I
moved here but I soon upped my game just to keep with everyone. It’s pretty contagious this niceness.” Just watch out when they say, “bless his heart.”