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The Friendliest Towns in the US, According to Travelers’ Reviews

United States News
by Eben Diskin Mar 17, 2021

The Western US certainly has a reputation for being friendlier than New England, but is that really true? Expedia used data from traveler reviews to rank the most welcoming towns in the country, as well as offer suggestions for what to do there. They examined reviews written between January 2019 and December 2020 based on cities and towns with the highest percentage of comments using words like “friendly,” “friendliest,” and “amiable.”

At the top of the list is Whitefish, Montana, which is known for its proximity to Glacier National Park. Sister Bay, Wisconsin, popular among boaters and fishermen, came in second, while Manitou Springs, Colorado, came in third.

The 20 friendliest towns in the US in 2021 according to travelers’ reviews:

    1. Whitefish, Montana
    2. Sister Bay, Wisconsin
    3. Manitou Springs, Colorado
    4. Easton, Maryland
    5. Lihue, Hawaii
    6. Sierra Vista, Arizona
    7. Kennebunkport, Maine
    8. Chincoteague, Virginia
    9. Ogunquit, Maine
    10. Provincetown, Massachusetts
    11. Carolina Beach, North Carolina
    12. Kahului, Hawaii
    13. Alamogordo, New Mexico
    14. Manhattan, New York
    15. Kapaʻa, Hawaii
    16. Bar Harbor, Maine
    17. Grants Pass, Oregon
    18. Deadwood, South Dakota
    19. Hilo, Hawaii
    20. Aspen, Colorado

As for bragging rights, Hawaii and Maine each had three towns on this list’s top 20. And if you’ve ever been to either state, you won’t be surprised. One surprise, however, might be Manhattan, New York, which ranked number 14. New Yorkers aren’t exactly famous for their friendliness, but maybe this list will start to reverse that stereotype.

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