Atlantic City Makes “Unfriendliest Cities” List In Conde Nast

And the hits just keep on coming.

Photo courtesy  Wikimedia Commons.

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Revel is bankrupt (again!). Casinos are closing. Property taxes are going up 29 percent. And now this: Conde Nast just named Atlantic City one of the most unfriendly cities in the entire country. A.C. just can’t catch a break.

Conde Nast just revealed the result of its annual Readers’ Choice Survey, and Atlantic City landed at #4 on the 2014 Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities in the U.S. list. And that’s worse than the 2013 list, where Atlantic City was the fifth most unfriendly.

Here’s what Conde Nast has to say:

Readers acknowledge that it’s been a rough road for this seaside spot: “It’s struggling with competition from Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland casinos, and the staff are becoming increasingly vocal about cutbacks,” says one respondent. Some don’t think that the “the shopping, nightlife, or dining is anything spectacular,” but others argue there’s plenty to appreciate aside from gambling—if you know where to look. “You can take a break from the machines/tables with a walk on the historic boardwalk or take a dip in the world famous beach.”

This is the second year that Conde Nast included friendliness in its survey, and they asked readers to base the decision on whether or not they “felt welcome.”

And “most dangerous” Wilmington, Delaware didn’t fare well, either, taking ninth place. Philadelphia didn’t make the unfriendliest or the friendliest cities lists.

Here is the Conde Nast ranking:

Unfriendliest Cities in the United States
10. Miami
9. Wilmington, Delaware
8. The Hamptons, New York
7. Los Angeles
6. Detroit
5. New Haven, Connecticut
4. Atlantic City, New Jersey
3. Hartford, Connecticut
2. Oakland, California
1. Newark, New Jersey


Friendliest Cities in the United States
10. Asheville, North Carolina
8. Nashville, Tennessee (tie)
8. Key West, Florida (tie)
7. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
6. Fort Worth, Texas
5. New Orleans
4. Telluride, Colorado
3. San Antonio
2. Savannah, Georgia
1. Charleston, South Carolina

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  • rechill

    Apparently, Southern Hospitality is a real thing.

    • TDD

      it is! as someone who moved to atlanta 3 years ago, I miss little about the NE in general, and west chester/philly in particular. savannah, nashville, nola & chas’ton are awesome places.

      • Bill

        Careful, it’s not “all friendly” down there. Lived in North Carolina for a few years where the term “Yankee” was used daily, women are treated as “objects” and a thriving “KKK” is alive and well. No, that southern hospitality was all smoke and mirrors…couldn’t wait to leave.

        • TDD

          Some wonderful stereotypes there, which could be pointed out no matter where you live in this country. Realize Atlanta is basically a blue city in a red state. Not perfect, but neither is Philly. I like both, for reasons both similar & profoundly different..Imagine that!

          • Bill

            I enjoyed the south when I first arrived until I scratched the surface in North Carolina. Everyone doesn’t have your experience and mine was a lot different. Fact is there are plenty of places in this country where women are respected more, someone simply being from the north isn’t called Yankee (or in some cases “cracker”…that was new to me) and I’ve NEVER run across a KKK meeting hall anywhere else.

          • TDD

            This begs the question: where in NC were you living? And plz realize the KKK are in remote parts of PA. You may have never “encountered” them but ….

          • Bill

            Good point, lots of remote parts of PA and especially up towards Pittsburgh. OK, I guess that’s why except for my southern encounter I’ve always lived in or worked in cities hometown-Philly then New York, Providence, Boston and now Los Angeles. I’ve been to Miami many times and Nashville and Atlanta (music/entertainment biz) I enjoyed them all (except for the muggy & buggy climate).

  • DelSil

    I like to know what happened to Wilmington coming from someone who grew up in the city. Things changed really fast and IMO it is the city government and the lack of amount of Wilmington police. They do not even have homicide division from what I heard.