New York City Ranked As Dirtiest, Loudest, and Rudest City In Country

New York City won the trifecta this week in a survey by Travel & Leisure magazine as the dirtiest, loudest, and rudest city in the country.  The poll of 50,000 cited rats, trash piles, and strong odors as securing the triple crown for the Big Apple.

If it is any consolation, the city received high marks for theaters and shops.

My hometown of Chicago had a predictable listing with architecture as the biggest draw and the winter as the least favorite feature.

On the top ten overall quality of visits, here is the ranking:

1 Savannah 4.45
2 Santa Fe 4.35
3 San Juan, P.R. 4.30
4 Charleston 4.27
5 Denver 4.27
6 San Diego 4.26
7 Portland, ME 4.26
8 Portland, OR 4.23
9 Seattle 4.19
10 Providence 4.19

New York can in 31st of 35 cities — only Anchorage, Baltimore, Atlanta, and (at last) Dallas/Fort Worth came in worse. Chicago was 16th.

Source: FOXNY

36 thoughts on “New York City Ranked As Dirtiest, Loudest, and Rudest City In Country”

  1. I never say any rats or trash piles in Chicago. It didn’t stink either, but maybe I was in the wrong part of town.

  2. What’s the difference between NY and LA?
    Answer: In LA, you say, “phuck yoo” and they say, “have a nice day.”
    In NY you say “have a nice day” and they say, “phuck YOU.”

    Here’s Dallas:

    Oh about being dirty? The recent law against big soft drinks is probably going to solve that problem.

  3. No mention that your first academic stop in New Orleans beat out both your home town and your present town.

  4. Mayor Bloomberg stopped caring a out the quality of life in NY for nonbillionares a long tint ago. He is now focusing on how much of the City he can give away to his developer friends and policing the size of the sodas a person can buy. There is no limit on the size of a champaign glass or a bowl caviar. He is one messianic wonder who now sees himself as the infallible one, free of parties, free of the need to listen to voters or even acknowledge their existence. What he has allowed to happen to NY over the last 2 years is a disgrace but he’s a billionaire and they never have to say their sorry or guilty.

    1. Justice Holmes,

      You’ve described Bloomberg perfectly. NYC has become the Disneyland for the Plutocrat Class and Mikey B. is their Walt Disney. I had to leave the beloved City of my birth because truthfully I no longer could afford to live there.

  5. rcampbell,

    I had forgotten all about that. I remember a long ago history teacher suggesting the sports rivalry was just a continuation of a border feud. He probably did so in order to help make history relevant to modern day students and here I go forgetting it. I let him down.

  6. rcampbell, Good point. Like most people from NYS getting painted with the NYC brush. The city is very fast paced. The rest of the state is more laid back.

  7. The rivalry between Ohio (my original home state) and Michigan predates the college sports rivalry by many decades. The original battle was over the boundary between the states. The “Toledo Wars” involved a dispute over a 468 sq mi. area along the border claimed by both as early as 1787. The dispute was resolved when Michigan sought staehood and was forced to cede the disputed territory to Ohio in the mid-1800s.

    Regarding the naming of NYC as the “dirtiest, loudest, rudest city in the country” I am reminded that many people judge all French people by the folks they meet in Paris. Words like “rude” “dismissive” and other derogatory terms are often brought into play. I wonder how many Americans would endorse having all Americans judged by the folks foreigners meet in NYC without ever going to Des Moines or San Diego, etc?

  8. Blouise, HBO did a great documentary on the storied rivalry between the Buckeyes and Michigan. It seemed like most rivals, one school[Michigan] thinking they’re intellectually and culturally superior. I grew up near Yale and would go to The Game[Yale/Harvard] every other year. Harvard thinks they’re the superior one. All childish, but fun as long as it’s good natured.

    I would never be a spell checker..I missed the “builded.”

  9. Nick,

    I did not know then (or now) what it was called. Thanks.

    But it was offered after the bars closed at 2AM, and I ate it after they let me out of the clink, agreeing to be quiet and pay my bar chit.

    Quaint place Nogales.
    Nasty bulls in the arena. Smaller than in Spain, and too wise to humans, which Spanish bulls are not allowed to be. God help those small matadors in Nogales.

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