Life Etiquette The Rudest Cities in the U.S., Ranked by Americans Looking for a friendly place to live? Maybe steer clear of these notoriously ill-mannered cities. By Maggie Seaver Maggie Seaver Maggie Seaver is the digital health and wellness editor at Real Simple, with seven years of experience writing lifestyle and wellness content. She spends her days writing and editing stories about sleep, mental health, fitness, preventive health, nutrition, personal development, relationships, healthy habits, and beyond. She loves demystifying complicated health topics, debunking wellness fads, and sharing practical, science-backed solutions for healthy living. Real Simple's Editorial Guidelines Updated on October 27, 2022 Fact checked by Isaac Winter Fact checked by Isaac Winter Isaac Winter is a fact-checker and writer for Real Simple, ensuring the accuracy of content published by rigorously researching content before publication and periodically when content needs to be updated. Highlights: Helped establish a food pantry in West Garfield Park as an AmeriCorps employee at Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center. Interviewed Heartland Alliance employees for oral history project conducted by the Lake Forest College History Department. Editorial Head of Lake Forest College's literary magazine, Tusitala, for two years. Our Fact-Checking Process Share Tweet Pin Email Big, bustling cities aren't exactly known for their calm, well-mannered citizens. Urban-dwellers are typically exhausted, constantly on the move, and essentially living on top of their neighbors. They've got places to go and people to see, and there's little time for a kind exchange with the cashier, opening doors for strangers, or giving up a precious seat on the bus. But which U.S. cities have the worst reputation for rudeness? A survey by Insider and SurveyMonkey went to the source to find out. The survey asked nearly 2,100 Americans to rank what they believed were the five rudest U.S. cities from a list of the nation's 50 largest cities. And if you put all your money on New York City topping the charts as the number-one rudest city in America, you'd be very rich right now. On the other hand, Raleigh, N.C., came in at number 50 on the list, speaking to its reputation for civility, with only 1.4 percent of survey participants declaring North Carolina's capital the rudest. No news here: NYC—the Big Apple, the City that Never Sleeps—isn't for the faint of heart. The island city definitely has its bright spots (why else would 8.8 million people choose to live there?), but good manners apparently aren't one of them. New York, N.Y., was named the rudest city by a landslide by 34 percent of survey-takers. Whether they've lived there, visited, kept up with NYC news, or heard tales of its particularly ornery inhabitants, Americans are pretty set in their perception of this Northeastern metropolis. Coming in just behind New York City, according to this survey, are Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Boston. There's just something about buzzing, populous cities, notably all coastal cities (even Chicago, which abuts Lake Michigan) that breeds more rude behavior than other locations. What else can we expect from millions of people forced to live, work, eat, and commute in such close quarters? And does this mean everyone who lives in these five cities is totally uncivil? Of course not. But you're likely to encounter more questionable manners here than in, say, Raleigh, North Carolina, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, or Providence, R.I.—at least based on this particular opinion report from Insider. And here's an idea: Anyone really looking to avoid gruff, disgruntled neighbors might want to check out Utah—recently voted the happiest state in the U.S., according to WalletHub. Just a thought. Here's an official rudeness ranking of 50 American cities, starting with the worst offender. 1. New York, N.Y.2. Los Angeles, Calif.3. Washington D.C.4. Chicago, Ill.5. Boston, Mass.6. Detroit, Mich.7. Buffalo, N.Y.8. Baltimore, Md.9. Philadelphia, Pa.10. San Francisco, Calif.11. Birmingham, Ala.12. Atlanta, Ga.13. Las Vegas, Nev.14. Dallas, Texas15. Miami, Fla.16. Austin, Texas17. Jacksonville, Fla.18. Houston, Texas19. Cleveland, Ohio20. Tampa, Fla.21. Sacramento, Calif.22. San Diego, Calif.23. Pittsburgh, Pa.24. Cincinnati, Ohio25. Charlotte, N.C.26. Hartford, Conn.27. Indianapolis, Ind.28. Seattle, Wash.29. San Jose, Calif.30. St. Louis, Mo.31. Columbus, Ohio32. Kansas City, Mo.33. Nashville, Tenn.34. Portland, Ore.35. New Orleans, La.36. Memphis, Tenn.37. Louisville, Ky.38. San Antonio, Texas39. Oklahoma City, Okla.40. Orlando, Fla.41. Riverside, Calif.42. Virginia Beach, Va.43. Phoenix, Ariz.44. Denver, Colo.45. Richmond, Va.46. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.47. Salt Lake City, Utah48. Providence, R.I.49. Milwaukee, Wis.50. Raleigh, N.C. The 10 Rudest Things You Can Do at a Party, According to Hosts Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources Real Simple is committed to using high-quality, reputable sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts in our articles. Read our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we fact check our content for accuracy. United States Census Bureau, Total Population, New York City. Date Accessed September 7, 2022.