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Whoever Said America Lost Its Heart is Wrong - The Friendliest Cities in America

Published: 07/04/2015
Citi IO -- Geographically, the top 15 winners represent a distinct advantage among heartland cities—though one could argue that the size of city, not the location, may be a better indicator of heart. The winning cities also ranked well in the survey for some concrete features that make it easy for locals to show off their sunny demeanors: pedestrian-friendly streets, cool boutiques, coffee houses, and even communal, picnic-table-equipped food truck pods.
 
The friendliest cities have certain intangible qualities, too. Charleston’s high ranking may come in part from its slower-paced lifestyle, says Isabelle Furth, a p.r. exec who lives in Washington D.C. (a city that, ahem, did not make the top 15 this year). “I remember walking into an upscale boutique in Charleston and being offered sweet tea and a cookie,” says Furth. “The soft Southern accents don’t hurt, either.” 

NO. 2 SALT LAKE CITY
These outdoorsy locals apparently treat visitors like family. In that spirit, the city also ranked near the top for being both kid-friendly and having a sense of adventure; outside of ski season, you can combine the two at Snowbird—by hiking, mountain biking or riding its twisting Alpine Slide and Mountain Coaster. If you come to ski in December, though, you can see why the city also ranked at No. 3 for Christmas lights. Year-round, readers’ favorite food in SLC was the burger, in part because the city has its own regional quirk: pastrami-topped wonders, like the originals found at Crown Burgers.
 
Other friendly cities making the list: 
 
#1 - Nashville
#3 - Minneapolis/St. Paul
#4 - Kansas City
#5 - Oklahoma City
#6 - Charleston
#7 - Pittsburgh
#8 - New Orleans
#9 - Albuquerque
#10 - Austin
#11 - Houston
#12 - Honolulu
#13 - Louisville
#14 - Portland, OR
#15 - Atlanta 

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