San Antonio rolls out the welcome mat as one of America's nicest cities
San Antonio has always been a city well-known for its hospitality. Now, we have proof that we're one of the nicest cities in the country.
Language-learning app Preply surveyed more 1,500 residents of the country’s largest metropolitan areas to determine which cities are home to the politest people and the rudest people. Fortunately, San Antonio made a list of the polite cities (or, put another way, the least rude ones).
Alamo City came in at No. 14 on the list, right behind El Paso, which appears at No. 13. Dallas followed San Antonio at No. 15, tied with Charlotte, North Carolina. There's even more Texas hospitality topping the list, with nearby Austin coming in at No. 1 and Fort Worth ranking No. 3.
“From our results, it seems that Austinites enjoy a laid-back, friendly city atmosphere, even as the city continues to grow rapidly,” Preply observes. “In general, the state of Texas has a reputation for politeness and friendliness, along with the rest of the South, underscoring the stereotype of Southern hospitality. It makes sense that five of the most polite U.S. cities are concentrated in the Lone Star State.”
At the top of Preply’s ranking of the rudest cities is Philadelphia. Houston lands at No. 10.
Preply’s list of the most polite cities differs from one published earlier this year by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. The publication’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey crowned Greenville, South Carolina, as the friendliest city in the U.S., with San Antonio at No. 4 and Austin at No. 10.
Meanwhile, a list released last year by Airbnb placed Austin at No. 7, Dallas at No. 9, and San Antonio at No. 10 among the country’s most hospitable cities.