When people visit Phoenix, they’re probably quicker to label the city as rude because of one thing: the heat. There’s a four month stretch where the average high is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit with only five rainy days thrown in.
The “rudeness” is actually just the tourists and locals melting in the heat.
Los Angeles, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Legal marijuana apparently hasn't mellowed out Colorado Springs yet. They ranked #9 in the country on a Travel & Leisure list for rudest cities in America.
Luckily, in Colorado, it's pretty easy to avoid human contact if you're really worried about rude people. Just ditch Colorado Springs and head for the Rockies!
New Haven, Connecticut
When Travel + Leisure announced that Atlanta was one the nation’s rudest cities, people flocked to online forums to discuss it.
In an ironic turn of events, many Atlanteans strongly defended that their city was not rude in an extremely rude way, often calling people rude when they dared to ask a question about Atlanta’s rudeness.
Chicago has long been known as a cold and unforgiving place, albeit mainly for its weather. That weather seems to be rubbing off on its citizens, though. They’re turning just as cold as the wind the city gets its nickname from.
Well, it’s either the wind or the 1.5 million international visitors that come through. Either way, it’s not the Chicagoans fault.
Baltimore is one of our nation’s oldest cities. Maybe that’s why the citizens all seem to be so grumpy. Some people — although not everyone — get grouchy when they get older.
That grouchiness seems to be the prevailing attitude of the city. Some people even report feeling unsafe when visiting, and that doesn’t help this city’s reputation.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Santa Fe, New Mexico
If you want to experience the beauty and history of the American southwest, you might want to try somewhere besides Santa Fe--they've got a reputation for rudeness.
It does seem strange to see Santa Fe on this list, so maybe the whole state of New Mexico is just so unbelievably polite that Santa Fe looks rude by comparison?
New York City, New York
If you’ve ever seen a movie — any movie — you know that the Big Apple is about as rude as it gets. The roads are just crammed with cars trying to get where they need to go, all of them honking and yelling at each other.
Cut ‘em some slack, though. They’re probably just stressed about making rent for their way-too-expensive closet-sized apartment.
Midwest nice is a thing, but it must not apply in Cincinnati. The city ranked highly on a 2015 poll of rudest cities, and some voters chimed in that it's just downright boring there too.
But let's be honest--what business do most of have in Cincinnati anyways? This is problem we'll never have to experience personally.
Little Rock, Arkansas
Birmingham might have a reputation for being rude, but they're still Southerners at heart.
That means they at least have the decency to talk bad about you behind your back instead of confronting you directly. As long as you don't go digging to hard, you're unlikely to hear anything mean to your face.
You might expect a rude person or two in Boston...but Bloomington? Indiana? It might not be the biggest cities in size, but it can sure compete with the big dogs when it comes to being rude.
I'm sure this must be devastating news--it seems like everyone is always headed to Bloomington for a dream vacation.
Boston’s one of our nation’s oldest cities, but it’s also one of the most unique-sounding cities. It’s probably just the accent that throws off tourists. Bostonians, like Germans, just sound made. And they always use their outside-voices. It makes for an intimidating visit.
And before you shed any tears for Boston--I'm sure this surprised exactly zero residents. And I bet a few of them were even a little pleased.
Providence, Rhode Island
Newark, New Jersey
Let's be honest--you knew Newark was going to be on this list, and Newark knew that it was going to be on this list. Rudeness is just a natural part of New Jersey life.
Honestly, we're a little surprised that they didn't bend the rules and just declare all of New Jersey the rudest city in New Jersey.
Salt Lake City, Utah
There's a stereotype that Mormons are absurdly nice and friendly people, so we're genuinely perplexed that the Mormon Mecca of Salt Lake City would be considered rude. But they ranked 6th on a Travel & Leisure list of America's rudest cities.
Guess some people forgot to read Emily Post's book on etiquette. There's still skiing in Utah, though, so it isn't a total loss.
Cut Bank, Montana
Cut Bank isn't big, but it's a dangerous place to live in Montana.
In addition to having one of the highest crime rates in the state, it all struggles with economic development and education. That mix doesn't really inspire hopes of creating a polite society.
Do rude people actually exist in Hawaii? We'll be the first to admit, you have to look long and hard to find a grumpy Gus in this island paradise.
Waianae is pretty chill like the rest of the state, but it does have one of the worst crime rates in Hawaii, and petty theft is pretty rude if you think about it.
Rupert is one of those "blink and you'll miss it" small towns in Idaho, but it's managed to develop a bit of a reputation as a rude place.
It's a popular place for retirees, so perhaps there are just too many people there yelling at kids to get off of their lawns.
Clinton, Iowa is a small town, but some people have remarked that it just doesn't have that home town feel. Maybe people here are more just keeping to themselves than being downright rude?
Rude or not--let's be honest. How many of us have actually had the (dis)pleasure of visiting Clinton, Iowa in the first place.
It's okay, Topkea--we'd be pretty grumpy if we were forced to live in Kansas too. It's got the second-highest crime rate of any city in the state, which probably doesn't engender feelings of camaraderie and community pride among its residents.
So while the residents can get away with being rude, you might want to plaster a smile on to avoid some of that crime.
The weather is cold in Minneapolis, and the same can be said about many of its residents too. It's a pretty open secret that Minneapolis natives can be a bit icy to outsiders, Minnesota nice be damned.
What's puzzling is that no one is quite sure how and why this aversion to outsiders developed. I blame the cold.
In recent years, Louisville has been ranked not only as one of the worst basketball cities in the country, but also one of the saddest places as well.
Whether those things are true or not, they've clearly struck a nerve with residents. So don't expect a warm response if you start questioning the city's credentials.
Martinsburg, West Virginia
Martinsburg is an ideal place to live in every aspect except for the residents.
While the scenery might be amazing, you might find yourself encountering unfriendly or even downright hostile people while living or visiting here.
New Orleans, Louisiana
To outsiders, Maine might seem like an idyllic New England place, but like every other state, it has its bad parts--and that bad part is Auburn.
It's got one of the highest crime rates in the state, which has understandably put residents there on edge. So, don't expect them to roll out the red carpet for strangers.
There's not a lot going on in Corinth, Mississippi--economically, culturally, or any other "-ally" you can think of.
And needless to say, niceness and despair don't really go hand in hand.
What’s there not to love about Houston? There’s millions of people crammed into one hot, humid place. The traffic is so bad that it’s recommended you don’t drive, but if you don’t drive you get stuck in that awful weather.
To make getting around even more difficult, the metro area itself is larger than Rhode Island. Why wouldn’t the citizens be grouchy?
St. Louis, Missouri
Cheyenne is another example of a place that just doesn't know what to do with outsiders.
They might not be downright rude, but expect some cold shoulders if you're not a Wyoming native.
Berlin, New Hampshire
Charlotte, North Carolina
In 2017, Charlotte was ranked by Travel + Leisure as one of the rudest cities in the country. However, this might have more to do with the fact that there is a major airport in the city.
No one really exudes grace when you're being felt up by a TSA agent. And if you do, well, you've got bigger problems than rudeness to deal with.
Minot, North Dakota
North Dakota is generally a pretty friendly place, but they apparently didn't get the memo in Minot. It's not hard to find stories of distant neighbors, suspicious strangers, or a simple lack of human decency in this small town.
So...pretty much like every other small town in America? I think Minot might have gotten a bum deal by ending up on this list.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
It's hard to find genuine rudeness in Oklahoma. Turns out that a constant threat of tornadoes can really bring a community together.
Probably the only reason Oklahoma City could be considered rude is because it has a high concentration of people, which means, by statistics alone, that you're more likely to encounter a jerk there.
Dillon, South Carolina
Rapid City, South Dakota
Rapid City might be a beautiful place to live, but it's not necessarily a fun place. Common complaints include its crime, lack of medical or educational services, and, most importantly to our list, its aggressive drivers.
So, if you're a sickly drop-out with a lead foot and a foul mouth then Rapid City is your place to be!
Morrisville ranks low for many quality of life factors--including crime, unemployment, and average income. There's not many people in this small town, but the ones who are there are clearly not happy about the state of things.
But honestly, how could you possibly be grumpy with beautiful views like that? We don't get it.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia Beach is a major tourist hub, which pretty much completely explains any rudeness from citizens there. You'd be rude too if hordes of strangers annually descended upon your town for months at a time.
But Virginia Beach has got to pay its bills, so it appears that we'll have throngs of tourists and angry residents for the foreseeable future.