Which city have you lived in that you have found to be the friendliest?

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    Jan 09, 2015 10:22 PM GMT
    I have enjoyed living in NYC and SF and now DC but I won't say that any are easy places to make friends. Do you have a place where you've made friends easily?
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    Jan 10, 2015 4:20 PM GMT
    After a lifetime of travel, I found that most places you go have something in common, and that is that most people you meet are normal and friendly. Give them a chance, show them that you yourself are friendly, and they'll often respond in kind. The best thing is to join things you like. Social clubs, civic clubs, gyms, theater groups, etc. For instance, I know a ton of people and met a lot of them through my alumni association; the two chorus groups I sing with; the Rotary Club; and other clubs I belong to. Just know that in any new city, you won't meet a soul sitting home. Get out and volunteer, or join groups you like. I've spent a lot of time in and around San Francisco, and Manhattan. People are people wherever you go, and again, most of them are good.
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    Jan 10, 2015 4:38 PM GMT

    I have found that people in my hometown of Buffalo are quite friendly for the most part and it is easy to start up a friendly conversation. Other cities that I have travelled to like Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Rochester, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia are also very friendly cities where meeting people was quite easy. I find that most of the older northern cities are among the best in terms of friendly, down to earth people.
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    Jan 10, 2015 5:22 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidAfter a lifetime of travel, I found that most places you go have something in common, and that is that most people you meet are normal and friendly. Give them a chance, show them that you yourself are friendly, and they'll often respond in kind. The best thing is to join things you like. Social clubs, civic clubs, gyms, theater groups, etc. For instance, I know a ton of people and met a lot of them through my alumni association; the two chorus groups I sing with; the Rotary Club; and other clubs I belong to. Just know that in any new city, you won't meet a soul sitting home. Get out and volunteer, or join groups you like. I've spent a lot of time in and around San Francisco, and Manhattan. People are people wherever you go, and again, most of them are good.
    With the complete exception of Austin, Texas. That town is the most unfriendly and arrogant.
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    Jan 10, 2015 9:49 PM GMT
    Edinburgh, Scotland but I was living there for my college junior year abroad (1981-82) so context is everything. I still love Edinburgh. (My profile photo was taken there last summer when I was back for a visit.) As for places where I've never lived but only visited-- I was just blown away by the friendliness of the people in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada where I spent a week on vacation in summer of 2004. I'd love to go back there some day.
  • wellwell

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    Jan 11, 2015 2:01 AM GMT
    Amsterdam !

    Albuquerque, close 2nd.!
  • Lost_MY_Aus

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    Jan 11, 2015 3:19 AM GMT
    Sydney Australia Definitely icon_smile.gif
  • OJ89

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    Jan 11, 2015 3:09 PM GMT
    Berlin.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 13, 2015 6:55 PM GMT
    Lost_MY_Aus saidSydney Australia Definitely icon_smile.gif
    I wish that I could be in Sydney, Australia right now. I could use some hot summer fun with all you sexy guys on the beach. Winter in the Northeastern US is getting old very quick.
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    Jan 17, 2015 3:29 PM GMT
    Charleston, SC. Avoid North Charleston. It's very unfriendly and has made the top 5 in cities with the most crime.

    Charlotte, NC. Moved here 13 years ago and made tons of friends.
  • DylanMc

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    Jan 18, 2015 8:26 PM GMT
    My hometown Fort Lauderdale FL...people down there drink a lot, that might be why lol booze makes people happy!!
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    Jan 18, 2015 10:08 PM GMT
    You make friends wherever you go or move to. I live in SF for a while. It's a friendly city, I belong to this outdoors group where they met once a month to do activities. I discovered that most single guys in there are just looking for bf/hook up. I was with my ex the entire time so I didn't hook up with anyone there. Most of those guys move away including me. I'm in SoCal now, I'm navigating more and more of the gay scene. I still have 1 really good gay friend from a long while back. But yeah most gay guys I know are just acquaintances or ex-hook ups or people I randomly know.
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    Jan 19, 2015 5:27 AM GMT
    Actually, I'd have to say Bibo New Mexico. (In the TV show "Breaking Bad" that's where they were when it was supposed to be "Mexico.") Site of the defunct Jackpile Uranium Mine.

    Basically a ghost town.

    So I was there for several years on an esoteric science project, driving a government vehicle. I drove around and sampled water in people's wells. We drilled test boreholes. Had lab trailers set up. And we explained why we were doing this odd-sounding science experiment. Those people knew we were lying. No way the government would spend money on something that silly. They figured whatever we were doing was going to somehow re-open the mine. And if they sucked-up to us really hard, they might be first in line for those new jobs!

    I could literally not buy a drink in the bar. Or pay for my meal. People would come out of the woodwork and pay my tab. It was like being a cute twink in a bear bar, all the time. icon_razz.gif

    Plus the people were actually nice. Everybody waves to everybody when you pass on the highway.