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:

RANK CITY SCORE
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. nick spinelli,

    Public Auditorium but I posted it because of the spelling

    Here’s a better pic of the building but harder to read the inscription: “A MONUMENT CONCEIVED AS A TRIBUTE TO THE IDEALS OF CLEVELAND – BUILDED BY HER CITIZENS AND DEDICATED TO SOCIAL PROGRESS, INDUSTRIAL ACHIEVEMENT AND CIVIC INTEREST – PATRIOTISM PROGRESS CULTURE”

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e2/Cleveaud.jpg

  2. Blouise, It may not be, but it looks like the Federal Courthouse in Cleveland. I love old courthouses, Wi. has many great County Courthouses, I’ve testified in most of them.. However, Madsion’s new Federal Courthouse is ugly as hell. You have a good city. Been to Progressive Field, R&R Hall of Fame, Taste of Cleveland[great kielbasa] and the Air Show. Enjoyed my two visits. I even thought Toledo was ok, but mostly because I got to eat @ Tony Packos.

  3. ID, That’s menudo, paisan. Very spicy and often eaten for breakfast to cure a hangover. most Americans are too picky to eat tripe, organ meat, etc. A wise old doc told me recently a good part of the American vitamin D deficiency problem is because organ meats have virtually vanished from our diet. Baby boomers resented having to eat liver, kidneys, etc. which are rich in Vitamin D. And being baby boomers they just did what they wanted. Rickets anyone?

  4. Ancient memories don’t count. Thus silence from here.

    but just in case, I appreciated the TexMex place in Dallas. Seemed they knew all the differences from Mex.
    Anybody tasted Mex chitling soup?

  5. raff,

    Having lived in Dallas? I’m surprised Dallas scored anything above dead last. Of all the places I’ve lived, it is the only one I will categorically never return to live and it would have to be a really good very profitable reason to make me consider even visiting. But Smom is correct. Austin rocks. Traffic sucks, but the city itself and the people are fantastic.

  6. SwM,

    Based on my own motivated reasoning, it is obvious to me that those who compiled the list hate Rock-n-Roll and have no appreciation at all for Polish cuisine or rivers that miraculously catch fire.

  7. I’m surprised about Anchorage. Been there twice and loved it. Great city parks, street food[Reindeer dogs!]. They do have crimes problem but not worse than most cities. I had an FBI friend we visited there and he worked w/ local police on Homeland Security issues. The ferry system was considered a target back in the early 2000’s.

  8. I’ve been to every city on the top 10 list but Portland, Or. The only one I vehemently disagree w/ is Providence. Now, I’ve not been there for probably 20 years but it is a corrupt, dirty city. It does have some good Italian restaurants.

  9. Mike brings up a good point about perception and experiences formed from limited areas of the city. I thought I saw a survey a few years ago that ranked NYC very well but with this it seems to have fallen out of favor. Who knows.

  10. The problem with this ranking is that cities are mainly judged on their “downtown” areas and not the city as a whole. The judgment is a visceral, rather than a qualitative one. For instance in NYC the judgment is no doubt made based on Manhattan where most visitors go. How many see the residential areas of Queens County and Brooklyn, which are quite clean and beautiful. Cities, even small ones, are big places and their tourist areas are usually narrow “belts”. The other problem is that in large, busy cities like NY and Chicago, the construction of infrastructure and buildings goes o constantly adding to the noise.

    I’ve spent time in all of the cities listed in the top 10 except for Portland,ME, which I’ve only driven through. They are all beautiful places, but if explored one will find just as many areas to complain about. Save for my native NYC, my favorite Cities are: Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and Washington, D.C.. But much of that sentiment is due to who I was with and the quality of the time I had. BTW, Cleveland is a City that often gets a bad
    rap, but the two times I’ve been there I loved the place. The “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” was the biggest surprise. I could literally spend days there. The truth is only a native, or someone who has lived there can really appreciate the qualities of any city and ratings such as this are purely subjective fluff.

  11. Blouise, DFW is at the bottom of the list on quality visits. I can vouch for that.

  12. Cleveland didn’t even make the list … this is obviously a fix … according to my own brand of motivated reasoning.

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