A Good Time to Be from Troy!


Aug 1, 2013, 4:26pm EDT
Haley Viccaro
Albany Business Review

Albany, NY is the 13th most unfriendly city in the world, according to a survey by Conde Nast Traveler magazine.


Albany, NY is the 13th most unfriendly city in the world, according to a survey by Conde… more

Albany is the 7th most unfriendly city in the country and the 13th unfriendliest in the world, according to a survey by Conde Nast Traveler.
Conde Nast polled readers on the most friendly and least friendly cities in the nation and the world. The magazine’s subscribers reported that Albany is “dull” and best avoided, “in the winter.”

The magazine wrote, “To be fair, Albany is probably better known as a through-station than a tourist destination. That may be why it scored low on our survey.”
Newark, New Jersey was ranked as the most unfriendly city in the nation followed by third-placed New Haven, Connecticut and fourth-placed Detroit, Michigan.
Austin, Texas was ranked the fifth friendliest city in the country because of its “amazing music and food” and “great culture.” The most friendly city was Charleston, South Carolina for its “sand, sun, history, good food and friendly people.”

For years, people in Albany would ask me,  “You live in Troy?” just as if Troy was a leaper colony.  Ironically, Albany is the largest unchurched area in the country. Hmm, could there be a connection?   I am thinking so. . . . unfriendly and unchurched people?

Not a  bad time to be from Troy, I am thinking!

Love to hear your comments ! 

Is the place where you live, friendly or unfriendly?  How is that determined, with a feeling or concrete questions? Do you agree that a tourist destination is friendlier than a through-station?  Have you lived in a friendly city? 

Manhattan Kansas was the most friendly place we have ever lived. They were so friendly , we were suspicious! 

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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4 Responses to A Good Time to Be from Troy!

  1. Kentucky Angel says:

    Hummm, a very good question Anne. At least people have heard of Albany and Troy. How many have heard of Owensboro, KY? We actually are mostly friendly, at least those of us who count. We stop in the middle of the road if there is a funeral procession coming, wave at people we meet on the road, smile and say “hello” to people, even those we don’t know (most of us, any way) treat animals well,–in fact most animals around here are treated better than Senior Citizens. I know that as fact because I am one. Senior, not animal, unless you want to be totally technical, and then we are all mammals. BUT, we do have people running the town now who have big pretensions. They want us to be BIG CITY, but we will never be that. We have the Ohio River, and some concrete trees where once there were live, lovely trees that renewed the oxygen. Concrete just stands there looking like, well, concrete. Used 2 months out of 12 as a playground for children, and the rest of the year just looking like concrete.
    Off my soapbox now. Have a good day, while I reflect on changing colors on real trees.

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    • annetbell says:

      Well I think the description of Owensboro being friendly is due to its location in the south! Sometimes on the street up here, I make people speak by speaking to them first, but sometimes I don’t bother! In India , if I caught an eye, I would speak first!


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